The Dyslexia Debate Seminar: Implications for educational policy and practice

  • 03:30 PM
  • University of Sydney, Faculty of Education and Social Work
  • 02 9739 6277 or em:

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This will be an engaging presentation for all teachers, professionals in the LD sector and parents.


The Dyslexia Debate

Professor Julian (Joe) Elliott will share with us why his most recent book The Dyslexia Debate (Elliott and Grigorenko, 2014) has caused so much controversy, will summarise the problematics of the term dyslexia, and will propose a where-to-from here alternative.

After providing an operational examination of the dyslexia concept and its relevance for assessment and intervention, the authors concluded the term dyslexia no longer has value for research or practice, recommend discontinuing its use, and replacing it with a more fine-grained account of reading and associated difficulties for the purpose of identification and support of students with reading difficulties. This book continues to generate widespread debate about the use of the term dyslexia, with misunderstanding and misinterpretation of the essential points being made in regard to problems associated with use of a dyslexia label. The purpose of this Seminar is to clarify the key arguments in this debate and to consider its relevance for educational policy and practice.

There will be time for Q&A.


Professor Julian Elliot

Joe Elliot is Principal of Collingwood College in the School of Education and Professor of Educational Psychology at Durham University in the UK. Initially he taught in mainstream and special schools, practiced as a LEA educational psychologist and in educational clinical work, and joined Durham University in 2004. He is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. His research and teaching interests include dyslexia, achievement motivation, working memory difficulties, SEN, behaviour management, cognitive education, and psychological assessment, and involves ongoing collaborations with partners in Europe, the United States, Asia and Australia.



Includes light afternoon tea on arrival

$65 for SPELD NSW and LDA Members

$80 for Non members

$50 for Students



Wednesday 5 August 2015

4.00pm – 6.30pm – Registration from 3.30pm

University of Sydney, Faculty of Education



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