Do middle ear infections matter? Student self-reported perceptions of behaviour, including social skills, following experience with otitis media with effusion

Stenton, Janice S. (2007) Do middle ear infections matter? Student self-reported perceptions of behaviour, including social skills, following experience with otitis media with effusion. International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning, 3 (3). pp. 114-122.

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Children frequently experience fluctuating conductive hearing loss during and following episodes of otitis media with effusion. With the prevalence of the disease increasing in the non-Indigenous population in Australia, many children may be at risk of long-term problems related to their behaviour. There are conflicting findings in
the research literature regarding the effects of this type of hearing loss. For some students it appears that experience with otitis media with effusion with or without
tympanostomy tube (grommet) insertion is associated with various educational problems, including inappropriate behaviours. A current concern is whether or not these possible effects would continue to influence the behaviour of children as they continue into their high school years. A study was undertaken to identify the impact of otitis media with effusion and its associated sequelae on the behaviour of high school students. Self-reporting by high school students in Years 8 and 9 attending a Brisbane
school provided information about their perceptions of various aspects of their behaviour (including social skills). Three groups were formed: a Non-OME/Non-
Grommet Group (n = 28), an OME/Grommet Group (n = 17) and an OME/Non-Grommet Group (n = 32). Analysis of the results revealed a range of mild effects; in particular, girls with a history of grommets exhibited a lack of confidence in their social skills and boys (with or without grommets) an increase in behaviour problems. The study identifies a number of associated teaching and learning issues, including
noise levels in childcare environments and school classrooms, current teaching and learning methodology and the training of new teachers.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © Copyright of articles is retained by authors. As this is an open access journal, articles are free to use, with proper attribution, in educational and other non-commercial settings. Paper originally presented at the 3rd International Conference on Pedagogies and Learning, 27-28th Sept, 2007.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2008 04:32
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:59
Uncontrolled Keywords: social skills; behaviour; learning methodology, otitis media with effusion, middle ear infection; educational practice
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1114 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine > 111403 Paediatrics
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130312 Special Education and Disability
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education

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