Aris: A case study of an adolescent with severe learning difficulties in Cyprus

Antoniou, Antigoni (2010) Aris: A case study of an adolescent with severe learning difficulties in Cyprus. [Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)] (Unpublished)

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The current study focuses on the impact of dyslexia on students’ social and emotional wellbeing and examines the following: 1) Ways in which the personal environment influences the emotions, social skills and behaviour of children with dyslexia. 2) The significance of teacher skills in the self-image development of children with dyslexia.

It provides an overview of the key literature issues relevant to the emotional development of children with dyslexia. It then describes a single-case study of a 14 year old Cypriot boy, officially diagnosed with dyslexia. The methods used in the data collection, namely, semistructured interviews with the boy and his mother, observation and the use of documents, are analysed. The study considers the impact of teachers, peers and parents on students’ self-esteem. It suggests that the personal relationships contribute significantly to the selfesteem

of students with dyslexia. Based on the findings of the study, the most significant factor that contributed to the boy’s low self-esteem was the negative teacher perceptions on dyslexia, due to lack of training, and, consequently, lack of skills. The study concludes that, although the Cypriot Educational System implements “inclusion” of students with difficulties in mainstream schools, it is slack and in need of reform in order for “inclusion” to be

effective. Teacher support seems to be imperative for children with dyslexia, particularly, for their self-esteem, as this affects their academic performance. However, teacher support is dependent on effective teacher training that can guide teachers in their acceptance of

children with learning difficulties, and also provide them with the skills needed to support their students.

Recommendations are made for further research into the significance of personal relationships for children’s self-esteem.

Item Type: Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)
Depositing User: EP, Services
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2012 12:13
Last Modified: 15 May 2016 22:16

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