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ERIC Number: EJ1220648
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0729-4360
Experiences of Dyslexia and the Transition to University: A Case Study of Five Students at Different Stages of Study
O'Byrne, Ciara; Jagoe, Caroline; Lawler, Margaret
Higher Education Research and Development, v38 n5 p1031-1045 2019
Dyslexia is a common specific learning difficulty. In higher education two models of disability are prevalent, 'disorder' and 'difference', which each differentially conceptualise dyslexia and the nature of supports required. A lack of research has been undertaken in Ireland regarding students' experience of dyslexia, and the move from second to third level education. A greater understanding of the challenges encountered is necessary to inform provision of resources to help students with dyslexia excel in higher education. Semi-structured interviews were completed with four undergraduate students and one postgraduate student with a diagnosis of dyslexia to explore their experiences of transitioning into university. Thematic analysis revealed four common themes: dyslexic identity, self-advocacy, transition experiences, and future advice. Various difficulties were identified regarding lack of appropriate academic resources, inconsistencies between supports provided in secondary and third level education, and low self-confidence which serves as a barrier to success. However, strengths including self-directed learning techniques and communication and self-advocacy skills were also evidenced, supporting a 'difference' view of dyslexia. The findings highlight the need to re-evaluate the current academic service provisions, in alignment with a model of dyslexia that allows individualisation and enables students, as opposed to disabling them.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ireland (Dublin)