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The impact of dyslexia on pupils' self-esteem

Glazzard, Jonathan (2010) The impact of dyslexia on pupils' self-esteem. Support for Learning, 25 (2). pp. 63-69. ISSN 1467-9604

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This study investigates the factors that affect the self-esteem of learners with dyslexia. It provides a brief overview of some of the key literature in this area and then describes a small-scale study conducted in two mainstream secondary schools in the north of England. Data were collected using semi-structured interviews with secondary-aged pupils who had received an official diagnosis of dyslexia. Nine pupils volunteered to be interviewed. The study considers the impact of factors such as comparisons made against other students and the impact of teachers, peers and family on pupils' self-esteem. The results of the study indicate that these factors contribute significantly to self-esteem for pupils with dyslexia. However, the study found that the most significant factor that contributed to students' self-esteem was a positive diagnosis of 'dyslexia' and ownership of the label. The study concludes that an early diagnosis of dyslexia is essential for creating a positive self-image and recommends that further research is necessary into the significance of the diagnosis for these learners.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Schools: School of Education and Professional Development
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice > Early Years Childhood Youth and Community Research
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Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
Date Deposited: 24 May 2010 08:16
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 10:57


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