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dc.contributor.advisorMitchell, Carol.
dc.creatorHart, Samantha.
dc.date.accessioned2018-10-26T09:19:44Z
dc.date.available2018-10-26T09:19:44Z
dc.date.created2017
dc.date.issued2017
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10413/15768
dc.descriptionMaster of Social Science in Education Studies. University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg 2017.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis study explored special needs teachers’ experiences in dealing with oppositional and defiant learners in their classrooms. The study was guided by the following three research questions: (1) What are teachers’ in special needs schools experiences with oppositional and defiant behaviour? (2) What methods do these teachers find effective or ineffective in dealing with learners with oppositional and defiant behaviour? (3) What are these teachers’ views on the relevance and adequacy of their training in dealing with oppositional and defiant behaviour? Semi-structured interviews were conducted with a sample of nine special needs teachers from three special needs schools in Pietermaritzburg. The data was analysed using thematic analysis. The research findings suggested that dealing with oppositional and defiant learners was a frustrating and demotivating experience for the teachers. The teachers described both their successful and unsuccessful experiences in dealing with these learners. The adequacy and effectiveness of the teachers’ training was also described as ineffective whereas their experiences in the classroom were described as invaluable in dealing with these learners. Suggestions for future improvements were also made by the teachers. Implications for future practice include more relevant training and workshops, the creation and implementation of a database or helpline, an improvement in the support services available to special needs teachers, the inclusion of mental health professionals in special needs schools and finally a re-examination of the current curriculum taught in special needs schools.en_US
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_US
dc.subjectTheses - Education Studies.en_US
dc.subject.otherExperiences of special needs teachers.en_US
dc.subject.otherOppositional learners.en_US
dc.subject.otherDefiant Leaners.en_US
dc.subject.otherSpecial needs schools - Pietermaritzburg.en_US
dc.titleTeachers’ experiences in dealing with oppositional and defiant learners in special needs classrooms.en_US
dc.typeThesisen_US


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