Rush, T. A. (2011). “She’s too smart to have ADHD”: Faculty willingness to accommodate students with ADHD at elite postsecondary institutions (Publication No. 3455417) [Doctoral dissertation, University of Pennsylvania]. ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global. https://www.proquest.com/docview/868546317
University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA); ProQuest document ID: 868546317
Accommodations were not specified but were broadly discussed in relation to providing support to postsecondary students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Accommodations including exam accommodations, teaching style adjustments, and providing extra credit assignments were discussed.
Faculty members (n=143) from three liberal arts colleges in a metropolitan area in the northeastern U.S. participated. Gender and tenure status were reported. Demographics of both students and faculty at the postsecondary institutions were described.
University faculty completed a survey about their perception of and willingness to provide accommodations to students with disabilities. The survey included questions related to willingness to provide major accommodations, exam accommodations, and teaching accommodations. Questions used a 5-point rating scale.
Faculty members were willing to provide a range of assignment and exam accommodations to students with ADHD. Only 27% of faculty agreed or strongly agreed with the provision of extra credit assignments for students with ADHD. Nearly all faculty agreed or strongly agreed with the provision of extra time for exams and assignments.