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Computer: A tool for assisting students having dyslexia
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Special Education.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to investigate how the computer as a tool is helping dyslectic students who have Swedish as a second language in learning. The following questions were formulated: How important is it to diagnose dyslectic students? How does the computer assistance motivates dyslectic students achieve their goals? How easy is it to include dyslectic students in the ordinary class with computer assistance? And in which way does the school and home environments affect dyslectic students who have Swedish as a second language?

The sample consisted of four dyslectic students, 13 to 15 year olds who have Swedish as a second language. And two Swedish and Swedish as second language teachers.  They were selected by purposive non-probability sampling. They were all participating in the one to one programme. Data was collected using semi-structured interviews and analysed using content analysis. After transcribing the interviews’ six themes: diagnosis, computer as a tool, inclusion, motivation and environment were identified. The results were that computers are helpful tools for dyslectic students who have Swedish as a second language. Computer assistance makes these students more independent to find ways to support themselves. They do not need to face failure all the time, when they can use the computer to achieve success. It motivates the students to learn more. It was very clear that the students were more efficient in computers compared to the teacher´s. Maybe, both the teachers and the students should be given the same competence education. Motivation as the most important aspect in learning was very noticeable in all the six interviews.

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Dyslexia, Computer as a tool, Special Education, Reading Writing Difficulties, Content Analysis, One-One program, Motivation, Swedish as Second language, SVA.

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2014. , 30 p.
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Dyslexia, Computer as a tool, Special Education, Reading Writing Difficulties, Content Analysis, One-One program, Motivation, Swedish as Second language, SVA
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-105153OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-105153DiVA: diva2:728104
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Available from: 2014-06-24 Created: 2014-06-23 Last updated: 2014-06-25Bibliographically approved

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