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Students with dyslexia: research projects at Northumbria University

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Pat Gannon-Leary


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Northumbria University has about 700 registered disabled students, the majority of whom (around 58%) are registered as having dyslexia and account for approximately 2% of the total student population. Therefore dyslexic students represent the largest single group of disabled students and are those with whom most staff are likely to come into contact. The research authors were keen to ascertain whether there was a difference in academic performance between dyslexic and non-dyslexic students in respect of degree classification and assignment marks and to investigate whether dyslexic students generally felt supported in their academic studies. Research involved both qualitative and quantitative strands and the areas explored include pre expectations; general support throughout study; methods, flexibility and clarity of learning tasks, in particular assessment and levels of performance throughout and at the end of their study. This research is ongoing, however, findings have proved invaluable as a basis in the construction of good practice guidelines in dealing with the pedagogic needs of the diverse student group.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Gannon-Leary P, Smailes J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning

Year: 2004

Volume: 6

Issue: 2

Pages: 15-24

ISSN (print): 1466-6529

ISSN (electronic): 2045-2713

Publisher: Staffordshire University