In a dyslexia-friendly Scotland, everyone will know what dyslexia is – and isn’t. By taking part in research, you can help others understand dyslexia, its impacts and its advantages.
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Dyslexia Scotland welcomesrequests for research participants or people to take part in surveys. Details of all research requests will be posted here. Unless indicated, please note that Dyslexia Scotland is not associated with the research on this page. If you have any questions about any of the research listed, please use the researchers’ own contact details provided.
As part of an ongoing research project aimed at understanding how reading is taught in Scottish schools and how well children are learning to read, Dyslexia Science has developed two comprehensive surveys. Your input would be immensely valuable in determining what are the current practices in schools and what happens when children struggle to learn how to read. Below are two anonymous surveys, one for educational staff, and one for parents/carers. Each survey should take 10 minutes or less to complete. If you have extra information that will be helpful, you can provide this at the end of the survey. Education staff survey: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/TeachingReading/ Parent/carer survey: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/ChildLearningReading/
Closing Date: 02nd Jan 2024
Royal Holloway, University of London: We are looking for undergraduate university students with and without dyslexia to take part in a research study. We are investigating how academic scenarios can provoke anxiety and the differences between students with and without dyslexia. We want to find out if our emotional regulation strategy can help students. This online study will take approximately 15-20 minutes and you will need access to a laptop, computer or tablet. As a thank you, you will receive a £5 Amazon voucher for taking part. If you have any questions or would like more information do let us know. If you would like to be sent a link to take part, please contact me via email; [email protected].
The University of Aberdeen: A study exploring the experience of engaging with the Bible as a dyslexic Christian. I am looking for people who identify both as Christian and dyslexic, are UK-based and are over the age of 18. The research will involve 2 weeks of reflection and optional journalling, and an online interview (30 minutes – 1 hour). Contact: [email protected]
The University of Strathclyde: The aim of this project is to further empathise with children with dyspraxia, to gain better insight to the daily struggles they have to endure. Learning more and receiving personal information about what it is like will hopefully fulfil a co-design approach to innovate a coordination development aid that has been tailored to the users needs. Through prototyping, testing and user feedback the design can be altered to the needs of children with dyspraxia to enhance the experience of repetitive exercises. Please contact me to take part: [email protected]
Dyslexia Scotland and the University of Glasgow are undertaking Scotland’s biggest ever survey of dyslexic adults. If you are dyslexic (or think you are), aged 16 or older, we want to get your response. If you are not dyslexic, please do your part by encouraging or supporting those you know with dyslexia to do the survey. The aim of the survey is to identify the areas of Scottish society that could be more inclusive. This important exercise is part of Dyslexia Scotland’s strategy to make Scotland a fully dyslexia-friendly country that values and supports its dyslexic population. Taking part and giving your answers is a critical first step in making Scotland a better place for people with dyslexia to live, learn, work, play and grow up in. Contact: [email protected]
The University of Dundee and The University of Glasgow: Research Survey on Reading Instruction for all teachers. There is very little research into classroom practice and teaching of reading and literacy. This research aims to document real-life current practice of teachers in schools across the country. It seeks participation from all current Primary and Secondary teachers. It aims to improve practice and training around the teaching of reading. It aims to improve attainment and outcomes for young people particularly those young people who are most at risk for reading difficulties, including dyslexic learners. We would be very grateful if you would contribute to the research and complete the survey linked below. Part 1 (anonymous details about you and your school) and Part 2 (about current practice) should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. Part 3 is all multiple choice and will take another 10-15 minutes maximum. Please read the Participant Information Sheet following the link in the survey below: contact Dr Jennifer Milne if you need any further information or have any questions [email protected] Please share widely with as many of your colleagues and networks as possible. Thank you for your help. If you would like more information on this research please contact Dr Jennifer Milne [email protected]
Researchers at the University of Reading and the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity are asking people with dyslexia and family members or caregivers about what their research priorities are, so that future research efforts can be guided towards the areas that matter most to the dyslexia community. We are looking for people who are aged 18 years or over in the UK who 1) have a diagnosis of dyslexia or self-identify as having dyslexia, OR 2) are a parent/caregiver/other family member of a person with a dyslexia diagnosis. You will complete a survey which will take under 15 minutes. You will be asked to rate the importance of a range of research questions about dyslexia. If you would like to find out more, please contact Dr Cathy Manning ([email protected]; 0118 378 3454), Beverley Jennings ([email protected]) or Professor Holly Joseph ([email protected]). By getting in touch, you are not committing to participate in the study. If you would like to take part, you can access the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/2TJ6XKH
The influence and impacts of dyslexia on social work practice – by Sam Hepburn
The role of a social worker is complex and dynamic, working in environments that can be equally challenging. The role involves working with and supporting individuals, families and communities. Therefore, the interventions required are wide ranging and involve many skills such as assessment, reading and writing. All these skills can be impacted by dyslexia. This study explores the impacts and influence that dyslexia has on social work practice from the experiences of those with a dyslexia identification.