Can Students With Dyslexia Learn Independently? A Seven-Week Study of Chinese Character Learning in an Informal Learning Environment

Ka Yan Fung, Simon Tangi Perrault, Lik Hang Lee, Kwong Chiu Fung, Shenghui Song

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Abstract

Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty that affects primary school students, which is difficult to tackle through traditional school learning due to limited resources. To this end, large-scale digital learning presents new opportunities to address the need for inclusive education. A unique challenge for students with dyslexia in Hong Kong is learning Chinese characters. In this article, we investigate whether students with dyslexia can learn the writing of Chinese characters independently in an informal learning environment. For that purpose, we developed a mobile application for learning to write Chinese characters with three different writing conditions. First, students learn new Chinese characters in Condition 1: Grid+Contour+Instruction. Then, students strengthen their memory of the learned Chinese characters in Condition 2: Grid+Contour. Finally, students retrieve the memory of the learned Chinese characters in Condition 3: Grid Only. Students with dyslexia demonstrated a significant improvement after practicing with the three-condition design. For example, they wrote much slower than students without dyslexia before the study but caught up over time. This study contributes an approach to facilitate the self-paced learning of students with dyslexia at scale.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)619-632
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies
Volume16
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2023

Keywords

  • Assistive learning
  • coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • digital game-based learning
  • flexible learning
  • inclusive education
  • self-paced learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • General Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications

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