Critical realist discourse analysis of Chinese parents of children with dyslexia

Kitty Yuen Han Mo*, Simon Tak Mau Chan

*Corresponding author for this work

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There is a dearth of research concerning parental discourses on dyslexic children and the particular educational context in which they occur. Dyslexia can be viewed as a socially constructed condition, different from its medical definition. Critical realist discourse analysis (CRDA), which emphasises the discovery of the underlying structure and causation of observed events, can facilitate the exploration of its complexities and the multiple underlying mechanisms at work. This article reports on a study, using CRDA to reveal stories that are rarely heard, the interacting factors embedded in the school environment, and the implications for social work practices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)329-341
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Social Work
Issue number2
Early online date18 Oct 2021
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2023

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science

User-Defined Keywords

  • Education
  • learning
  • parents
  • schools
  • students


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