ERIC Number: EJ711790
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar-22
What Educators Really Believe about Dyslexia
Wadlington, Elizabeth M.; Wadlington, Patrick L.
Reading Improvement, v42 n1 p16 Spr 2005
The purposes of this study were (a) to create and validate a scale measuring beliefs regarding dyslexia, (b) to use the scale to investigate the beliefs of educators regarding dyslexia, and (c) to recommend ways that educators can be better prepared to help students with dyslexia. Participants included university faculty as well as undergraduate and graduate students preparing to become administrators, counselors, elementary general education teachers, secondary general education teachers, speech therapists, and special education teachers at a southern regional university. Using the Dyslexia Belief Index (DBI), developed and validated by the researchers, it was found that the majority of participants believed a significant number of misconceptions about dyslexia. However, elementary general education majors had significantly fewer misconceptions than the other groups. Recommendations to better prepare educators include providing more opportunities to learn about dyslexia through avenues such as participating in a dyslexia simulation and observing/tutoring individuals with dyslexia. These findings illustrate the need for educators to have formal and informal educational opportunities as well as hands-on field experiences with individuals who have dyslexia.
Descriptors: Special Education Teachers, Dyslexia, Teacher Attitudes, Beliefs, Test Construction, Test Validity, Teacher Role, Misconceptions, College Faculty, Preservice Teachers, College Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States