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Decisions, dilemmas and dual dwellings: Teachers and the issues of divorce in the elementary school classroom

20 January 1995


This study focuses on the issues that divorce brings into the classroom and how they affect the elementary teacher. Second, third, and fourth grade classrooms are the focus. The questions asked by this study concentrate on what the typical behaviors of children from divorced parents are like, what teachers think these children need, what the teachers do for these children, and how the teachers learn to respond to these children. Sudden and extreme change, contrary to their normal demeanor, is often the typical behavior exhibited by these students. There is a consensus among the teachers that these children need more tender loving care. Being more understanding of late work and being readily available to the student are ways found for the teacher to accomplish this.


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