Thesis Title

Beyond Reading: The Extended Academic and Social Effects of Dyslexia

Graduation Date

Spring 2003

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Document Form

Print

Degree Name

Master of Science

Program Name

Education

Program Director

Madalienne F. Peters, EdD

Abstract

As a fifth-grade classroom teacher, I observed a relationship between students’ reading levels and their overall academic performance. I also witnessed and reacted to students who were suffering from the social ramifications of their disabilities—being labeled as “retarded” and ridiculed for a situation over which they had no control. This meta-cognitive literature review covers learning disabilities and their array of effects on students’ development in the classroom both academically and socially.

Volumes of information are synthesized into themes and pertinent findings. Common themes include the most prevalent symptoms of and most effective strategies for coping with dyslexia. Dyslexia s far-reaching effects stretch into all areas of curriculum and, in many cases, simultaneously impede social development.

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