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ERIC Number: EJ937534
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-1011-3487
Foundation Phase Educators' Perceptions of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder at a Mainstream Primary School
Seabi, J.
South African Journal of Higher Education, v24 n4 p616-629 2010
Although Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most diagnosed conditions in children, it is also one of the misunderstood and misdiagnosed syndromes. The aim of this study was to investigate the perceptions of foundation phase educators about ADHD, specifically their views on its causes, appropriate interventions and incidence rate. A sample of five educators at a mainstream private school participated in the study. The results revealed that the educators had a limited understanding of ADHD, in terms of what it is as well as its causes. In addition, it emerged that the educators preferred medication as the intervention method despite being aware of additional intervention methods. The educators' understanding of ADHD appear to be limited to the behaviours that are displayed by learners and do not take other factors into account. Implications of the findings are discussed and recommendations for future research are made. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A