Students with dyslexia between school and university: Post-diploma choices and the reasons that determine them. An Italian study
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John Wiley & Sons
Donato, A... [et al.] (2021). Students with dyslexia between school and university: Post-diploma choices and the reasons that determine them. An Italian study. Dyslexia, 1– 18. [https://doi.org/10.1002/dys.1692]
SponsorshipItalian Dyslexia Association (Messina section); Orientation and Placement Centre - University of Messina (Italy)
Although the number of students with dyslexia enrolled in Italian universities is constantly growing, their presence remains relatively limited. The aim of this study was therefore to investigate the choices made by students with dyslexia in relation to university studies, and the underlying reasons for their choices. This study also compares these choices for students with and without dyslexia. In all, 440 high school students and their families agreed to take part in this project. Socio-demographic data was collected for the 47 students with dyslexia and 47 class-matched students without dyslexia, along with information on their current schools and their future educational plans. A specially developed questionnaire was used for the students, in combination with structured interviews with their families. The results show significant differences between these groups regarding both choices for university studies and the underlying motivations for these choices. Furthermore, certain psychological and emotional factors are implicated here in the decisions of the students with dyslexia regarding both university studies and their underlying reasons. Future research is needed to further investigate these factors in the educational choices of students with dyslexia.