Date of Award

12-2011

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Legacy Department

Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design

Advisor

Denham, Bryan

Committee Member

Ding , Huiling

Committee Member

Linvill , Darren

Committee Member

Stewart , Arlene

Abstract

This study seeks to explore the phenomenon of why some adults with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have difficulties in communicating in groups at school and work, despite the integration of collaboration within the curricula of college oral and written communication courses. The purpose of this multiple case study was to explore a sample of college writers' with ADHD perceptions on difficulties with their writing, as well as to evaluate an intervention which utilized communication-based classroom scenarios. The research employed qualitative methods to investigate the phenomenon under study. Participants in the study consisted of a criterion-sampled group of 10 individuals from Clemson University aged 18 and over, had documented evidence of ADHD, and were previously and/or currently enrolled in a college writing course. Findings from this project inform higher educational practice across several disciplines.

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