Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in schools: A perspective on perspectives

Robert Reid, Rea Reason, John Maag, Brenton Prosser, Chunzhen Xu

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most contentious issues in education today. Currently, the behaviours that constitute ADHD are portrayed as resulting from an underlying medical/psychiatric disorder. We argue that this perspective on ADHD has little direct utility for educators and may actually be counterproductive in terms of assessment and intervention. For educators, the most appropriate perspective on ADHD is a functional one which views ADHD-like behaviours as a function of environment and student skills. This approach can be empirically validated and can serve to empower educators in working with children described as having ADHD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56-67
Number of pages12
JournalEducational and Child Psychology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1998
Externally publishedYes


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