Providing an overview of the various understandings and approaches taken to dyslexia over the last 100 years, this text considers why men have traditionally taken the lead in dyslexia theory and research, whilst women have often been confined to practice.
Exploring how and why particular pathways in dyslexia theory, research and practice were historically pursued, whilst other potentially successful methods were not, Montgomery argues that gender bias has played a significant and often obstructive role in the development of our identification and understanding of dyslexia. Explaining why women and girls have often been under-represented in dyslexia clinics and in research, chapters trace the contributions made by dyslexia pioneers, analyse current problems within education and research systems, and document widespread patterns of misogyny and gender discrimination in the field. Montgomery links dyslexia history, current research paradigms and transgender experiences, to ask whether assumed male superiority has disadvantaged dyslexic learners, and whether it will continue to do so. In the process, she presents a new trajectory for research and practice.
A timely exploration of the impacts of gender discrimination on research and education, this text provides essential insight into the subtle impacts of sexism on dyslexic learners.
Diane Montgomery is Professor Emerita in Education at Middlesex University, London, UK.
Chapter One: The dyslexia scene today and the problems it raises
Chapter Two: The dyslexia pioneers and the gender divide
Chapter Three: A critique of authority and wisdom in dyslexia research, politics and education
Chapter Four: An alternative trajectory? The three educational faces of dyslexia
Some final thoughts