Revista Facultad de Medicina de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia
Print version ISSN 0120-0011
TALERO GUTIERREZ, Claudia; ESPINOSA BODE, Andrés and VELEZ VAN MEERBEKE, Alberto. Teachers perception of attention deficit disorder in some public schools from Bogota. Rev.fac.med.unal [online]. 2005, vol.53, n.4, pp. 212-218. ISSN 0120-0011.
Background: the frequency of diagnosis of attention deficit disorder is increasing in our environment. The only available prevalence data in Colombia is from Antioquia and, the prevalence of the disorder is unknown in the rest of the country. Objective: to evaluate the perception of teachers of some schools from Bogota. The teachers reported the number of children considered with attention disorders after attending a workshop on this issue. Materials and methods: a conference of attention development, alterations and issues about attention deficit disorder was given. In the end of this conference, a survey of six topics was applied to the teachers. This survey asks about number of children, sex and other considerations. Results. 58 teachers from 10 schools perceived that 612 (31%) primary school students of a total of 1980 had attention problems. Distribution by grades showed an important increase in third grade.There were no gender significant differences but being left handed had a significant relation with Attention deficit disorder. Conclusion. The data collected show an important perception of attention problems in children underlining the need for pedagogical and modulation of conduct measures, as that of performing a formal statistical and etiological search.
Keywords : attention deficit disorder; schools; teachers; learning.