Tying It All Together
Knowledge has three degrees--opinion, science, illumination. --Plotinus
Based upon a review of the literature and current research, three predominant themes emerge concerning working with individuals with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD): the need to provide classroom teachers with the skills and knowledge to select appropriate interventions, the need for factual information to dispel misconceptions, and the need for collaboration among all those concerned with the education of the AD/HD child. the first theme, which is the purpose of his book and has been addressed throughout, is to empower teachers by providing them with knowledge about AD/HD so that they can select and implement appropriate strategies to enhance the learning of students with AD/HD. This type of decision making can happen only when there is an understanding of the disorder in all its complexity. Through increased knowledge, greater collaboration, and enhanced ability to select appropriate interventions we can increase the likelihood that students with AD/HD will experience greater success in school.
The remaining two themes, regarding misconceptions and collaboration, are the focus of this chapter. Pertinent research is reviewed and collaborative roles are identified.
A review of the research was conducted in an attempt to develop a knowledge base to enhance meaningful decision making. five commonly