An investigation into the problems involved in using computers with dyslexic pupils

Savage, John C. (1996) An investigation into the problems involved in using computers with dyslexic pupils. Masters thesis, University of Central Lancashire.

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This dissertation is submitted as part assessment for the M.A. in Teaching and Training Studies at the University of Central Lancashire. Its purpose is to assess the use of computers by support teachers for children with specific learning difficulties (dyslexia) and to establish the problems involved in using computers. Ways of overcoming some of these problems
are discussed and the development of a piece of spelling software is outlined.
Information was gathered through the means of a questionnaire to fellow SpLD support teachers in the Preston area. This achieved an 80% response rate. The main findings of the survey were:
85% of support teachers have used computers.
Writing (39.6%)
Spelling (33.4%)
Reading (20.8%)
were the most useful types of software.
75% of those who experienced some problems with the use of computers, worked mainly in primary schools. The main problems, related to access to a computer in school, lack of knowledge and confidence in using a computer and lack of time generally.
Ways to overcome the problems are:
Training in the use of hardware and software, better access to computers in school, simpler and clearer instructions and a wider range of software.
The dissertation explores the possibility of designing a piece of spelling software and provides an outline for this program.

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