Managing reading and related literacy difficulties: University students' perspectives

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Serry, Tanya, Oates, Jennifer, Ennals, Priscilla, Venville, Annie, Williams, Anne, Fossey, Ellie and Steel, Gillian. (2018). Managing reading and related literacy difficulties: University students' perspectives. Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties. 23(1), pp. 5 - 30. https://doi.org/10.1080/19404158.2017.1341422
AuthorsSerry, Tanya, Oates, Jennifer, Ennals, Priscilla, Venville, Annie, Williams, Anne, Fossey, Ellie and Steel, Gillian
Abstract

This study explored the experiences of university students who identified as always having had reading difficulties. Thirty-three participants, all from one Australian university, were surveyed and 10 were also interviewed. Findings revealed that many shared academic challenges related to studying, along with a belief that their difficulties were not well understood by staff or peers. While participants disclosed many similar personal struggles related to completing their studies, positive attributes such as determination and time management strategies were frequently mentioned as instrumental in allowing them to reach university. Experiences were more variable regarding awareness of, access to, and satisfaction with university-based support and academic adjustments. To facilitate optimal inclusive educational practices, this study supports the need for greater awareness among staff about challenges faced by these university students along with a more individualised and targeted approach to providing them with academic supports and accommodations.

Year2018
JournalAustralian Journal of Learning Difficulties
Journal citation23 (1), pp. 5 - 30
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN1940-4158
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/19404158.2017.1341422
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85021111106
Page range5 - 30
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Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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