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School's role in the life of a pupil with cancer

Ana Tadl (2019) School's role in the life of a pupil with cancer. MSc thesis.

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    In my master's degree, I focused on a specific group of terminally ill children – children with cancer. Nowadays cancer is a common disease that can be diagnosed in children. When something like this happens, a child with cancer as well as other family members face a very difficult situation. It is important for students with cancer to return to their normal life routine as soon as possible, since this helps them battle the disease. In the theoretical part of my thesis, I am going to present children with special needs focusing on those who were diagnosed with cancer. I am also going to present the role of school in such students, the teachers involved, their required knowledge for teaching terminally ill children as well as the difficulties and the cooperation between the student’s school and hospital school in such cases. I am going to conclude the theoretical part with presenting the adapted programme for the student, who returns to school after a medical treatment. In the empirical part of my thesis, I am going to present the role a school plays in a student with cancer, focusing on teachers and their qualifications for teaching such students. For this purpose, I conducted interviews with ten hospital teachers. Besides that, I also interviewed three students with cancer and we discussed how their teachers deal with their disease and how much they offer to help them. The research revealed that hospital teachers use individualization as the most common teaching method. It also indicated that communication between the student’s school and hospital school is based on meetings. Teachers of both schools collaborate, share their experiences and consequently expand their knowledge on students with cancer. The hospital teacher’s work is more individual which means that more feelings are involved. Hospital teachers evaluate communication with the student’s school as mediocre. However, they think the student’s school gains the most information on the student’s medical treatment process, health conditions and possible treatment consequences in the first meeting or council. The biggest difference in teaching emphasized by students is that the work in hospital school is more individual and oriented towards reaching mutual agreements. The students are usually dissatisfied with the modifications their teachers apply – they think teachers get frightened and think they will not be able to help so they distance themselves from the situation. Students with cancer expect from their teachers to be professional. The answers I got from my research and the study of literature have helped me set up some guidelines that would enable teachers to deal with such students without fear and help them carrying out their school duties successfully.

    Item Type: Thesis (MSc thesis)
    Keywords: student, cancer, hospital school, teacher, teaching chronically ill students
    Number of Pages: 82
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    prof. dr. Mojca JuriševičMentor
    Link to COBISS: https://plus.si.cobiss.net/opac7/bib/peflj/12479817
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 5785
    Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2019 07:31
    Last Modified: 21 Jun 2019 07:31
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/5785

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