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Durham University

School of Education

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Publication details for Ms Lin Lu

Lu, Lin (2019), The Effects of Cultural Difference on the Rating of ADHD* Symptoms: A Comparison between Chinese and British Teachers’ Ratings, in Shao, Xin & Dobson, Emma eds, Imagining Better Education. Durham, England, Durham University, School of Education, Durham, England, 117-127.

Author(s) from Durham


The observation of children's behaviour by teachers is a valuable source of
information used to reveal behavioural issues in children. This study investigates
the effect of culture difference on teachers’ ratings of ADHD symptoms. Six
animated cartoons representing six ADHD symptoms in a classroom setting were
developed. In each cartoon, there are five characters portrayed as 6 to 7 year-old
children without cultural or gender references. Chinese and British primary school
teachers teaching 6 to 7-year-old children were asked to watch the cartoons and
subsequently rate the behaviours of each character. In addition, every teacher was
asked to rate 10 randomly selected children from their own class. Data analysis is
in progress. It is hoped that a statistical comparison of ratings provided by teachers
from different cultures will shed light on whether there are differences in teacher’s
ratings and whether these are due to perceived or actual behavioural difficulties.