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Dyslexia and learning computer programming

Author(s): Norman Powell | David Moore | John Gray | Janet Finlay | John Reaney

Journal: ITALICS
ISSN 1473-7507

Volume: 3;
Issue: 2;
Date: 2004;
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Keywords: dyslexia | computer programming | virtual learning environments

This paper explores some of the issues associated with teaching computer science to students with dyslexia. Issues associated with both student learning generally and computer science specifically are considered. The accessibility of teaching materials made available through virtual learning environments (VLEs) is addressed. Twelve resulting guidelines particularly relevant to students with dyslexia are outlined. More specifically to computer science, the issues associated with programming are explored through the development of a mapping of the features of dyslexia to the tasks involved in writing a computer program. Preliminary evidence, from both the wider dyslexia community with computer programming experience and some early interview results, are presented to both support the mapping and draw out other important issues.
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