Title page for ETD etd-101898-182436

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Lensch, Carol
Author's Email Address clensch@hollins.edu
URN etd-101898-182436
Degree PhD
Department Teaching and Learning
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Niles, Jerome A. Committee Co-Chair
Parks, David J. Committee Co-Chair
  • Hyperactivity
  • AD/HD
  • Teachers
Date of Defense 1999-01-01
Availability unrestricted
In recent years there has been a notable increase in the number of students being identified with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) in American schools. Although there is a tremendous amount of research being done in the area of AD/HD, parents, educators and individuals with AD/HD are ill-equipped to deal with the demands of the disorder. Only through extensive research and a better understanding of what AD/HD is can we expect to develop more effective means of dealing with AD/HD on a daily basis at home and in school.

The primary purpose of this book is to bridge the gap between research knowledge and the knowledge in use by educators on AD/HD. The book is a review and interpretation of selected studies on the causes, co-occurrence with other disorders, diagnosis, and treatments of AD/HD. It provides the reader with the opportunity to gain an understanding of AD/HD for making mindful, informed decisions on approaches best suited to meet the challenges presented by this disorder.

Five misconceptions are identified and refuted by research presented in chapters two through five. The findings of these studies lend support to: (a) a genetic and environmental basis for AD/HD; (b) a comorbid and hetergeneous nature to the disorder; (c) a need for educators to approach AD/HD from an educational perspective; (d) the need to consider a variety of interventions in addition to medication for the treatment of AD/HD; and (e) the unique response to interventions by individuals with AD/HD.

In conclusion, educators are seeking information on this disorder because they are faced with an ever-increasing number of students with AD/HD, and they want to effectively meet the needs of this growing population of children. The emphasis in chapter six is on using a collaborative team approach, involving all persons who have an impact on the life of the student with AD/HD. Only through knowledge, understanding, and collaboration can educators be empowered to do the job that so desperately needs to be done.

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