Stories from school: Dyslexia and learners' voices on factors impacting on achievement

  • Gibson S
  • Kendall L
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Abstract

Students with dyslexia often experience low self-esteem and, linked with this, low academic achievement. Our research, commissioned by the Higher Education Academy, was carried out by academics in two universities, one in the south-west of England and one in the north-west, over 2009-2010. It set out to address 'transitions and questions of 'access' to higher education for students with identified disabilities'. While we accessed interesting material in this area we were also impressed by the wealth of material provided by our respondents with dyslexia on their school experiences, in particular factors that had impacted on their self-esteem and academic achievement. Thus this article, while not an intended outcome from our work on matters of transition to higher education, emerges as a story telling a rich and illuminating tale of student success and failure and lifting the curtain on factors impacting on self-esteem and academic achievement for students with dyslexia at school. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

Author-supplied keywords

  • Academic achievement
  • Access
  • Dyslexia
  • Self-esteem

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