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ERIC Number: EJ894665
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
Responding to Students' Chronic Illnesses
Shaw, Steven R.; Glaser, Sarah E.; Stern, Melissa; Sferdenschi, Corina; McCabe, Paul C.
Principal Leadership, v10 n7 p12-16 Mar 2010
Chronic illnesses are long-term or permanent medical conditions that have recurring effects on everyday life. Large and growing number of students have chronic illnesses that affect their emotional development, physical development, academic performance, and family interactions. The primary error in educating those students is assuming that the outcomes of their illnesses are solely medical. The wide-ranging effects of many chronic illnesses can be addressed by medical professionals, school professionals, and families. Yet knowledge of medical issues typically is not part of the curriculum for training teachers, psychologists, or other educators. Nevertheless, legal and regulatory mandates and trends in health care service delivery place increasing responsibility on educators. The gap between professional preparation and the need for knowledgeable professionals with regard to medical issues is wide, and, without changes in preservice and inservice preparation, is likely to grow wider. This article discusses the actions that principals and faculty can take to effectively integrate health care into the learning environment at all levels.(Contains 4 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A