A Hospital School: An Intrinsic Case Study

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Title: A Hospital School: An Intrinsic Case Study
Author: Lemke, Richard E
Advisors: Peter Hessling, Committee Co-Chair
Robert Serow, Committee Chair
Paul Bitting, Committee Member
Michael Vasu, Committee Member
Abstract: The purpose of this qualitative study has been to examine the operation of one North Carolina hospital school. Nine participants, consisting of five hospital school teachers, one hospital school media specialist, the school's principal, and two hospital administrators were given the opportunity to describe in their own words, the hospital school and how educational services are delivered to K-12 and some Pre-K students in this school away from home. The study identified the history, mission, staffing, administration, funding, population served, services provided, and demographic data describing the operation of the school. The study also confirmed the positive role school can play for patients experiencing chronic illnesses discussed in the literature, including the normalizing effect of the hospital experience with school as an element of students' day and the encouragement students can receive from preparing for the return to regular school settings. Participants in this study reported a close working relationship between public school educators and hospital personnel who work closely to prepare students for an eventual return to school.
Date: 2004-09-07
Degree: PhD
Discipline: Educational Research and Policy Analysis
URI: http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/resolver/1840.16/3818

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