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Teachers' experience with dyslexia

Martina Croselli (2013) Teachers' experience with dyslexia. Diploma thesis.

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    This dissertation examines how Slovene teachers and Slovene teachers in Italy deal with dyslexia - a specific learning disability which mainly affects the development of literacy and skills related to language. The theoretical part focuses on dyslexic students’ difficulties, teachers’ acquisition of knowledge about dyslexia, teaching methods applied to dyslexic students and dyslexia regulations in force in Slovenia and Italy. The empirical part presents the research results relating to teachers' experience with dyslexic students, teachers’ ability to recognise signs of dyslexia and their acquirement of knowledge about this specific disability. Furthermore it focuses on the extent to which teachers adapt their teaching methods with dyslexic students and on teachers’ knowledge on Italian and Slovene regulations governing the adaptation of methods for dyslexic students. The research was carried out by submitting a questionnaire to 88 teachers from Slovenia and Slovenian teachers in Italy who teach children aged 7 to 15. The results show that teachers in Slovenia and Italy primarily associate dyslexia with difficulties in reading and writing and the majority of them has already experienced teaching dyslexic students. Unlike the majority of higher grades Slovene teachers in Italy, most teachers from Slovenia and lower grades Slovene teachers in Italy are confident that they can recognize a dyslexic student. Slightly more than half of the Slovene teachers and less than half of the Slovene teachers in Italy do not, or would not find it difficult to teach dyslexic students. Most of the teachers did not receive (enough) knowledge about dyslexia during their studies, while most of the Slovene teachers in Italy attended additional training courses on this specific disability. Almost all teachers adapt their teaching methods to dyslexic students and have no different attitude towards them in the classroom, but they mainly place the responsibility for working with these students to advisory services. The majority of Slovene teachers in Italy is familiar with regulations, which are foreseen by the educational system in Italy, concerning the adaptation of teaching methods for dyslexic students. On the contrary, most of the Slovene teachers are not familiar with the said regulations in force in Slovenia.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: dyslexia, teaching dyslexic students, teacher's understanding of dyslexia, teachers' experience with dyslexia, a legal basis for dealing with dyslexic students
    Number of Pages: 131
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Helena Smrtnik VitulićMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=9585225)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 1368
    Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2013 11:38
    Last Modified: 28 Mar 2013 11:38
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/1368

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