The impact of discipline and genre on writing facility: how a small group of students with and without dyslexia experience and respond to the varied writing demands of their Creative Writing degree programme.

Butler, Kate (2018) The impact of discipline and genre on writing facility: how a small group of students with and without dyslexia experience and respond to the varied writing demands of their Creative Writing degree programme. Wales Journal of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, 1 (1). pp. 28-42. ISSN 2396-7285

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Abstract

This paper explores the writing experiences of a small group of female higher education humanities students, with and without diagnosed dyslexia, enrolled on degree programmes that include a variety of writing tasks including creative, reflective and critical essay writing. Qualitative data was collected via semi-structured interviews and reflective diaries, and thematised using interpretative phenomenological analysis. Findings indicate that the major concern of the dyslexic students was managing the organisation and structure of their essays, associated with strong expressions of anxiety, but none of the students reported significant problems structuring their creative pieces. All the students drew on multisensory imagination to some extent for creative writing, although this was more emphasised by the dyslexic students, and they all found it extremely difficult to work on creative writing and critical writing assignments concurrently. The paper concludes that discipline and genre significantly affected the writing experiences of these students suggesting that specialist writing support for dyslexic students is best provided within the disciplinary context of the writing tasks. This has implications for how literacy support is delivered within HE.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: discipline, genre dyslexia writing facility creative writing
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Student Services
Depositing User: Kate Butler
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2019 11:04
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2019 11:51
URI: http://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/981

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