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Original article | Journal of Innovative Research in Teacher Education 2024, Vol. 5(1) 19-35

Prospective teachers' knowledge and beliefs about dyslexia

Osman Gedik & Hayati Akyol

pp. 19 - 35   |  DOI: https://doi.org/10.29329/jirte.2024.650.2   |  Manu. Number: MANU-2306-22-0004.R1

Published online: March 18, 2024  |   Number of Views: 22  |  Number of Download: 47


Abstract

Dyslexia, a neurological learning disability, presents difficulties in accurately pronouncing words, spelling, reading fluently, and comprehending written text. Given that prospective teachers in education faculties will inevitably interact with students who have dyslexia, it becomes crucial for these future educators to possess appropriate knowledge and beliefs about this condition. This study's primary objective was to explore prospective teachers' knowledge and beliefs regarding dyslexia, considering various factors. Employing a quantitative survey design, the research employed convenience sampling to select a sample of 954 prospective teachers enrolled in Niğde province during the fall semester of the 2021-2022 academic year. Data collection involved using a "Personal Information Form" and a "Dyslexia Knowledge and Belief Scale." Gender and the presence of a family member diagnosed with specific learning disabilities were subjected to statistical analysis using t-tests. In contrast, grade level and field of study were evaluated using one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA). Subsequently, the findings were interpreted. The outcomes indicated that female prospective teachers and those with a relative diagnosed with specific learning disabilities exhibited greater knowledge and stronger beliefs about dyslexia. Moreover, prospective teachers at the fourth-grade level and those pursuing special education-related courses demonstrated a higher level of understanding and more positive beliefs concerning dyslexia. The study examined their knowledge and beliefs and concluded that prospective teachers generally displayed insufficient understanding and beliefs about dyslexia.

Keywords: Learning disability, Dyslexia, Neurology, Reading fluency.


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APA 6th edition
Gedik, O. & Akyol, H. (2024). Prospective teachers' knowledge and beliefs about dyslexia . Journal of Innovative Research in Teacher Education, 5(1), 19-35. doi: 10.29329/jirte.2024.650.2

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Gedik, O. and Akyol, H. (2024). Prospective teachers' knowledge and beliefs about dyslexia . Journal of Innovative Research in Teacher Education, 5(1), pp. 19-35.

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Gedik, Osman and Hayati Akyol (2024). "Prospective teachers' knowledge and beliefs about dyslexia ". Journal of Innovative Research in Teacher Education 5 (1):19-35. doi:10.29329/jirte.2024.650.2.

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