Making a Difference: Dyslexia and Social Identity in Educational Contexts

Jacqueline Caskey, Peter Innes, Geoff P. Lovell

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Dyslexia is known as a Learning Disability (LD), a reading disability and a neurological disability; yet there is confusion about dyslexia and the associated support required in learning. Challenges are experienced by adult students with dyslexia in both social and organisational contexts. This study explored the life experiences of adult students with dyslexia, in Technical and Further Education (TAFE) Colleges in Australia. The shift from a prior negative self-perception to a current positive social identity in adult students with dyslexia can be developed through key supporting relationships and interactions in educational institutions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-88
Number of pages16
JournalSupport for Learning
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • adult education
  • dyslexia
  • relationships
  • social identity


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