ERIC Number: EJ817920
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
Creative Solutions to Making the Technology Work: Three Case Studies of Dyslexic Writers in Higher Education
Price, Geraldine A.
ALT-J: Research in Learning Technology, v14 n1 p21-38 Mar 2006
Research into the behaviours manifested by the dyslexic condition has often focused upon younger dyslexic pupils and the lower-order skill difficulty in decoding and encoding. A surge in interest in the writing process has shifted the focus to higher-order skills, and a growing body of research is emerging within the higher education context (Hughes & Suritsky, 1994; McNaughton "et al.", 1997; Hatcher, 2001; Singleton & Aisbett, 2001; Farmer "et al.", 2002). Students are expected to be "expert" writers, and the mark of a good student is the ability to use writing as a tool for thinking. Drawing upon data from semi-structured interviews with undergraduate and postgraduate dyslexic students and their real-time writing logs, three case studies are presented and used to explore creative ways of using technology to manage dyslexia. The students demonstrate how they use different types of software to overcome writing anxiety, "fear of the blank page" syndrome and issues of plagiarism. The experiences of the students within the case studies demonstrate that often simple software can provide the best solutions, and that students combine features from software programs in creative ways to compensate for weaknesses in their cognitive profile. (Contains 3 tables and 1 figure.)
Descriptors: Higher Education, Writing (Composition), Dyslexia, Writing Processes, Case Studies, Writing Apprehension, Interviews, College Students, Foreign Countries, Plagiarism, Creativity, Cognitive Psychology, Writing Strategies, Writing Difficulties, Computer Software, Educational Technology, Assistive Technology
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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