ERIC Number: EJ1159041
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
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Student/Patient: The School Perceptions of Children with Cancer
Boles, Jessika C.; Winsor, Denise L.; Mandrell, Belinda; Gattuso, Jami; West, Nancy; Leigh, Laurie; Grissom, Shawna M.
Educational Studies, v43 n5 p549-566 2017
Childhood cancer incidence is rising, affecting a growing proportion of elementary school students. For most of these children, school attendance can be limited by hospitalisations, treatments and side effects. However, little is yet known about the educational needs and experiences of this population. This phenomenological study explored the school experiences of 10 6- to 12-year-old children with cancer as they underwent chemotherapy. Results revealed perceptions that attending school in the hospital or home during cancer treatment is essentially lonely, confusing and "different". These perceptions intertwined to illuminate five themes: (1) school should involve fun activities; (2) group educational formats are preferable; (3) old school is the "best school"; (4) being a "good student" is important during treatment; and (5) attending school is complicated during treatment. Therefore, hospital-based and homebound schooling programmes should integrate socially interactive and cognitively engaging curriculum to best support the learning needs of this population.
Descriptors: Cancer, Children, Child Health, Phenomenology, Drug Therapy, Hospitalized Children, Psychological Patterns, Attitude Measures, School Activities, Teaching Methods, Home Programs, Student Needs, Pediatrics, Oncology, Student Attitudes, Semi Structured Interviews, Student Experience, Coding, Barriers
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