Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Landmarks for the Healthy Inclusion of the Sick Child: The Inclusion of Children with Severe Chronic Diseases in the Education System

Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Landmarks for the Healthy Inclusion of the Sick Child: The Inclusion of Children with Severe Chronic Diseases in the Education System

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The purpose of this study was to examine the process that teachers undergo in coping with the placement of a chronically ill child in their classes and the factors that affect this process from the teachers' point of view. The research population consisted of twenty homeroom teachers that were the teachers of the sick child for at least a year from the onset of the disease or for one consecutive school year.

Data were analyzed by means of qualitative analytical induction, in which data are organized according to primary categories, and these categories are corrected, improved and processed as the study progresses.

The research findings revealed an authentic body of knowledge that teachers structured. The findings provide comprehensive information about the characteristics of the sick child from the point of view of the teachers. These characteristics enabled the creation of a model explaining the sequence of the teacher's coping process, and clarified the differences that existed in the renewed inclusion process of a child who became ill suddenly as opposed to the inclusion process of a child who was already ill upon arrival. …

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