Academic attainment in students with dyslexia in distance education

Richardson, John T. E. (2015). Academic attainment in students with dyslexia in distance education. Dyslexia, 21(4) pp. 323–337.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/dys.1502

Abstract

This investigation studied attainment in students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties who were taking modules by distance learning with the Open University in 2012. Students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties who had no additional disabilities were just as likely as nondisabled students to complete their modules, but they were less likely to pass the modules that they had completed and less likely to obtain good grades on the modules that they had passed. Students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties who had additional disabilities were less likely to complete their modules, less likely to pass the modules that they had completed and less likely to obtain good grades on the modules that they had passed than were nondisabled students. Nevertheless, around 40% of students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties obtained good grades (i.e. those that would lead to a bachelor’s degree with first-class or upper second-class honours).

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