Developing Effective Pedagogical Strategies for High School Students with Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
This qualitative Senior Individualized Project (SIP) explores AttentionDeficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as it applies to high school students. This case study approach was conducted in a lower/middle-class, suburban fringe high school and focuses on one student in my sociology course that I believe suffers from ADHD. I chose to implement a variety of strategies suggested by the literature to improve this student's chances for success. The three accommodations that proved to be most effective were writing the daily agenda on the chalkboard, seating the student within close proximity of me and the discussion-based format of the class. Based upon my own observations, the student's grades and interviews with other teachers, I feel that students suffering from ADHD can be easily accommodated in general education classrooms and that the strategies listed above do contribute to all students' success, including those with ADHD. The study goes on to discuss the pros and cons of full inclusion, which I ultimately find to be impractical in today's public school system due to the lack of funding.