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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Phenomenon of Artistic Talent in the Dyslexic Brain Visual Arts as an Intervention Strategy for Students with Dyslexia
by Sanita, Juliet K., M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2019, 90; 13857293
Abstract (Summary)

Dyslexia is a specific learning disability caused by neurological differences in language processing affecting 15-20% (or one in five students) of the U.S. population’s ability to speak, read and write. It is a widely held opinion that the dyslexic brain is often associated with artistic and creative talent. This study sought to compare research on the biological link between artistic/ creative talent and the dyslexic brain. This study also sought to evaluate the past and current educational intervention plans for students with dyslexia. It collected narratives of six adult artists with dyslexia and sought to find a commonality in their experiences as students with dyslexia in the mainstream educational system and the positive impact that art education has had on their self-esteem. This study will advocate for the visual arts as a highly beneficial educational intervention for students with dyslexia with a focus shift to student strengths to increase academic self-esteem and performance.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gatlin, Laurie
Commitee: Leonard-Giesen, Susan, Pomonis, Mary Anna
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Art, School of
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 81/1(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Art education, Special education, Disability studies
Keywords: Art education, Artistic talent, Dyslexia, Intervention, Special education, Visual art
Publication Number: 13857293
ISBN: 9781085559966
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