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Dyslexic but Determined: A Qualitative Study of Seven Dyslexic Swedish Student Teachers
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Institution of education.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9015-311X
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Institution of education.
2011 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This article takes its starting point in the UN Declaration of Human Rights, where everyone’s right to professional education is stated. Seven Swedish dyslexic student teachers were interviewed in depth about how they perceived their educational trajectories from childhood and onwards, and how their present studying situation was perceived. How and when did they get their diagnosis and which effects did it have? How did they perceive the compensatory support provided by the university and what further needs to support their academic performance did they express? Along with the answers to these questions, a discussion about the deficit discourse versus acknowledgement of the strengths of the dyslexic students will follow. The students’ self-image linked to the reactions to the students’ reading and writing problems and received compensatory aid, both at home, in school and at university, will be analyzed. Issues like the role of the diagnosis, impact of socio-economic background factors, implications of both compulsory school teachers’ and university teachers’ lack of sufficient knowledge of how to support dyslexic students, will also be discussed. Finally, the supportive role of the student counselor will be highlighted.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011.
Keyword [en]
dyslexia, higher education, deficit discourse, diagnosis, slow reading, compensatory support
National Category
Educational Sciences
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-14764OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-14764DiVA: diva2:457445
Conference
EARLI, Exeter, August 30-September 2
Available from: 2011-11-17 Created: 2011-11-17 Last updated: 2012-01-22Bibliographically approved

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