This school-based study examined the knowledge level of third through fifth grade students who are not being served in special education regarding learning disabilities, personal learning styles, and their perceptions of their peers with learning disabilities. This study circumvents teachers', administrators', and parents' awareness which has been thoroughly researched and instead, directly assesses through interviews what elementary students (n=45) know about learning disabilities. The goal of this study was to gain a greater understanding of what the students' perceptions are of their learning experience in general and what their understanding of learning disabilities are more specifically through interviews to give educators greater insight into how we can improve the education offered to students. Findings indicate that participants had a generally accurate understanding of learning disabilities and how learning disabilities affect success in school. Results underscore the importance of parents and educators working closely with students to gain firsthand knowledge from those that are being taught.
College and Department
David O. McKay School of Education; Counseling Psychology and Special Education
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Bair, Michael Quinn, "Identifying Elementary School Student Understanding of Learning Disabilities" (2014). Theses and Dissertations. 4333.
learning disability, knowledge, perceptions, success, school