UWTSD academics present Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) research


24.05.2021

UWTSD’s Alison Rees Edwards and Charlotte Greenway recently presented their research findings during a special seminar series hosted by the University’s Institute of Education and Humanities.

UWTSD’s Alison Rees Edwards and Charlotte Greenway recently presented their new research during a research seminar series hosted by the University’s Institute of Education and Humanities.

Charlotte Greenway and Alison Rees Edwards presenting their new research during a research seminar series hosted by the Institute of Education and Humanities.

The new research investigates teachers and teaching assistants’ perceptions of the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) condition. The presentation highlighted the significant ground-breaking work they have undertaken gaining primary data from practitioners working in schools across Wales and highlighting how practitioner knowledge and understanding can influence how they feel about supporting children with ADHD. This research also provides valuable insights on the need to develop training and resources to support educators working with children with ADHD.

Alison and Charlotte have already published their work internationally in the Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties with the article Knowledge and attitudes towards attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): a comparison of teachers and teaching assistants. 

However, one of the other significant aspects of their research is that they have also published through the medium of Welsh. Their article Agweddau Athrawon tuag at ADCG: Adolygiad ac Argymhellion ar gyfer y Dyfodol was recently published in the Welsh research journal, Gwerddon, providing a high-quality resource for Welsh medium students and practitioners. Alison Rees Edwards commented:

“I often feel frustrated for Welsh-medium students as there is a significant shortage of Welsh medium articles, especially in the field of Additional Learning Needs. Often, students must spend copious hours reading and translating before they are able to begin writing assignments in Welsh. When the decision to write a Welsh-medium article on ADHD was made between Charlotte and myself, I felt that this was too good an opportunity and something that would be both beneficial to myself and our students.”

Many programmes within the Centre of Childhood, Youth and Education Studies provide expertise on Additional Learning Needs (ALN). The Early Years Education and Care: Early Years Practitioner Status programme, where Alison Rees Edwards is a Senior Lecturer, already offers modules which support students to gain a better understanding of Additional Learning Needs, including ADHD. Alison as a researcher, who was also a teaching assistant prior to her lecturing career, is well placed to bring together theory with the opportunities and challenges that students face when on placement or in work settings.

This has wider implications for the early years sector and as noted by Menna Machreth, Mudiad Meithrin's Chief Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Officer.  She added:

“Welsh-medium articles on Additional Learning Needs in the Early Years field are very rare, although the research and expertise is much needed to develop the workforce and equip them to respond to the needs of every child in their care. It would be good to see more articles and resources discussing ALN through the medium of Welsh for students and practitioners who are working and developing their skills in a Welsh medium setting and context.”

Alison Rees Edwards and Charlotte Greenway are continuing their research and have another article in the pipeline titled, 'A qualitative study examining the experiences of Teaching assistants working with children with ADHD. Alison is also embarking on a PhD study furthering her research expertise relating to Additional Learning Needs.'

You can read Alison and Charlotte’s work in the publications below:

Greenway, C. W., & Rees Edwards, A. (2021). Agweddau Athrawon tuag at ADCG: Adolygiad ac Argymhellion ar gyfer y Dyfodol. Gwerddon, 32, 7-25.

Greenway, C. W., & Rees Edwards, A. (2020). Knowledge and attitudes towards attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): a comparison of teachers and teaching assistants. Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties, 25(1), 31-49.

Further information about the University's Early Years provision is available on our website. 

Further Information

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