Knowledge and confidence in identifying dyslexia among in-service teachers and pre-service teachers

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Publication Bachelor thesis
Title Knowledge and confidence in identifying dyslexia among in-service teachers and pre-service teachers
Author(s) Nilsson, Andreas ; Nilsson, Petra
Date 2015
English abstract
This study aims to investigate and compare in-service and pre-service teachers confidence and knowledge regarding dyslexia. In order to investigate this, two research questions are formulated: 1) We seek to identify differences in the way that in-service and pre-service teachers perceive their own competency in dealing with and accommodating the needs of students with dyslexia in the English classroom. 2) We seek to identify differences in the knowledge that in-service and pre-service teachers have in the areas touched upon in the first research question. In addition to these two research questions two hypotheses are made regarding the expected results. (a) That in-service teachers will have greatly larger knowledge regarding dyslexia while, (b) teacher educations does not provide pre-service teachers with enough information and tools to aid dyslexic students. To find an answer to these research questions, a questionnaire is created and sent to in-service teachers working in southern Skåne and pre-service teachers currently enrolled in Malmö University’s teachers’ education. The results show that pre-service teachers do not feel confident in their ability to detect students with dyslexia. In comparison, in-service teachers feel more confident in this area. However, several of the participants from the in-service teacher demographic present that they, in alignment with the pre-service teacher demographic did not feel confident in their ability to detect dyslexic students in their class. From both demographics the results show that participants feel highly unconfident regarding teaching EFL to dyslexic students.
Publisher Malmö högskola/Lärande och samhälle
Pages 40
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) In-service teacher
pre-service teacher
confidence
knowledge
dyslexia
learning difficulty
learning difficulties
EFL
English
English as a foreign language
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/18717 (link to this page)

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