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Title: Late identification of dyslexia : a qualitative exploration of student views and experiences
Author: Doherty, Caroline Ann
ISNI:       0000 0004 5995 0174
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2015
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dyslexia. A literature review was conducted to provide an overview of the area of dyslexia in higher education, to include definitions, information on prevalence, relevant legislation and policy. Following this, recommendations are presented which identify gaps in the knowledge base and provide a direction for future research, specifically leading to the research questions to be addressed in the subsequent empirical paper. With a focus on hearing the voice of students with dyslexia through the use of semi-structured interviews, the present study utilised a Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis framework to add to the research concerned with the impact of first diagnosis of dyslexia in higher education, in particular on the sense of self concept, and to uncover particular strengths on the part of students who have 'made if to university despite not previously having received an official diagnosis of dyslexia. A key gap in the research that this paper aims to address is a focus on the experience of being assessed for dyslexia and the way in which the diagnosis was explained and fed back to students, as being a potential factor in terms of how the student perceives the diagnosis in either a positive or negative light; and the subsequent effect this may have on acceptance of the label of dyslexia, and on the issues of self-concept and future expectations. The aim of the critical appraisal paper is to discuss and justify the decisions made around the research design and methodology used in the present study. The issues of reliability and validity in relation to qualitative studies are discussed, as are implications for future research and professional practice resulting from the present research. The paper concludes with a personal reflection on the experience of the research process.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (DECAP) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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