Edited By Evelin Witruk, Shally Novita, Yumi Lee and Dian Sari Utami
Samudra Senarath - Teachers’ Knowledge about Dyslexia in Sri Lanka
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University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
Teachers’ Knowledge about Dyslexia in Sri Lanka
Abstract. For many years scientists have conducted studies on reading disability where some children have great difficulty in learning to read, write, spell and pronounce the words, despite normal intelligence. These difficulties are identified under the concept of dyslexia. Researchers have proved that dyslexic symptoms shows poor letter-sound knowledge and phoneme awareness, as well as problem with coping. Further studies proved that dyslexic children possesses anxiety, psycho somatoform complaints, and less self-esteem however teachers’ awareness of these problems are less. Research studies show that there are misconceptions, lack of awareness and knowledge among educators concerning dyslexia. This lack of awareness among teachers leads to a poor understanding of the needs of children which results in anxiety. The teacher’s self effectiveness, mental status towards them plays a significant role. Teachers’ who acquire knowledge and training, may have better chances to identify children with dyslexia, meet their diverse needs, and may mediate the adjustment of those needs. In Sri Lanka this type of research is lacking. But in school settings, most of the teachers have recognized that some students find difficulty in reading and writing even though the teachers’ knowledge about the dyslexic children is less. So the objectives of this study were to identify teachers’ knowledge towards dyslexic children, examine teachers’ effectiveness and investigate teachers’ emotions when they work with dyslexic children. The survey method and purposive sampling...
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