Teachers’ experiences with dyslexic learners in mainstream classrooms: Implications for teacher education

S’lungile K Thwalaa, Christian Sunday Ugwuanyi, Chinedu I.O Okeke, Nombuso N Gamad, Abahle Thewala


Inclusive education represents the main ethos of the Kingdom of Eswatini education system. This reflects on both the Constitution and on various education policies since the country became a signatory to the goals of Education for All. However, it would appear that major constraints impede the education vision that resonates through the charter of ‘no child is left behind’. The education of learners with dyslexia is then called into empirical questions with a focus on the experiences of teachers of such category of learners within the Eswatini education system. A phenomenological research design was chosen, using a convenience sampling technique to select 12 English language teachers of dyslexic learners. Data were obtained by individual semi-structured interviews and by non-participant observations. Content analysis was employed to analyze the data, which were then presented thematically. Peer review, as well as member checks, were used to improve the trustworthiness of data. The main themes that emerged were insufficient time, unwelcoming attitudes, lack of support, and lack of training of teachers of dyslexic learners. It was equally evident that teachers were challenged by insufficient training to enable them to deal with dyslexic learners. Without an effective support structure for teachers, the education of dyslexic learners would remain a chimera. This finding implicates the teacher education programs in colleges of education and universities in the sense that training on inclusive classroom teaching should form part of the teacher education program.            

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5430/ijhe.v9n6p34


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