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** CANCELLED ** Lecture by Professor Joe Elliott (Durham University): "The dyslexia debate"

GSE Lecture Series

A School of Education seminar
Date20 March 2020
Time9:30 to 10:30
PlaceBaring Court 114

This presentation will outline the problematics of the term dyslexia, as examined in The Dyslexia Debate (Elliott and Grigorenko, 2014). This text, four years in the production, provides a detailed analysis and synthesis of research in dyslexia across the domains of genetics, neuroscience, cognitive science, educational science, and educational and social policy.  

There are a number of reasons why scientific understandings are often confused and occasionally misrepresented by researchers, practitioners/clinicians and lay public. Not only is the diagnosis scientifically problematic, there is also a misplaced belief that, in line with the medical model, a diagnosis of dyslexia will point to appropriate forms of intervention that would otherwise fail to be identified. The presentation will conclude by stating that it is now time to dispense with the term dyslexia. An alternative way of conceptualising reading difficulties that can address many of the above problems, will be proposed in its place. 


Julian (Joe) Elliott is Principal of Collingwood College, and Professor of Educational Psychology, at Durham University. Initially, a teacher of children with special educational needs, he subsequently practised in as an educational psychologist, before becoming a university lecturer in 1990. A Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, a Chartered Psychologist, and a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, he is registered to engage in clinical practice as an educational psychologist by the Health Care Professions Council. He is a member of the Education Panel for the 2014 and 2021 Research Excellence Frameworks. His research primarily operates at the interface of educational psychology as both a discipline and a profession.




Intended audienceAcademic staff, students, teachers and professionals
CostFree of charge
OrganizerGSE Events

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