Including Dyslexics: Indicators of Dyslexia in Art Students' Drawings

Rankin, Qona and Riley, Howard and Davies, Mary (2007) Including Dyslexics: Indicators of Dyslexia in Art Students' Drawings. In: Include 2007: designing with people. International Conference on Inclusive Design.

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Abstract

This paper reports on recent research undertaken by the Royal College of Art (RCA) and the Faculty of Art and Design, Swansea Institute, University of Wales, where the hypothesis that dyslexic and/or dyspraxic students might be identifiable through indicators present in their drawings is tested. A taxonomy of visual indicators of dyslexia/dyspraxia is presented, and the application of the taxonomy in the interpretation of students’ drawings is described. (From now on, the term ‘dyslexia’ includes dyspraxia too). A mixture of dyslexic and non-dyslexic students from both institutions were asked to make drawings in response to specific instructions given in both written and oral forms, and the resultant drawings were analysed for indicators of dyslexia as tabled in the taxonomy. The authors swapped sets of drawings, and neither knew which students were dyslexic. It was found that the drawings of those students who had been statemented as dyslexic were correctly identified in over 70% of the cases. This result has encouraged the authors to repeat the experiment with a larger student cohort, in order to confirm the hypothesis that indicators of dyslexia are present in the drawings of some dyslexic students.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Citation: RANKIN, Q., RILEY, H. and DAVIES, M. 2007. Including Dyslexics: Indicators of Dyslexia in Art Students' Drawings. In: Proceedings of 'Include 2007': designing with people. International Conference on Inclusive Design. Royal College of Art, 1-4 April 2007. London: Royal College of Art..
Uncontrolled Keywords: dyslexia, dyspraxia, analysis of drawings, visual indicators
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NC Drawing Design Illustration
Divisions: Institutes and Academies > Wales Institute for Science & Art (WISA) > Academic Discipline: Art & Media
Depositing User: John Dalling
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2010 15:46
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2020 15:50
URI: http://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/136

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