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Equity or advantage? The effect of receiving access arrangements in university exams on Humanities students with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)

Duncan, Helen and Purcell, Catherine 2017. Equity or advantage? The effect of receiving access arrangements in university exams on Humanities students with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD). Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning 19 (2) , pp. 6-26. 10.5456/WPLL.19.2.6

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Abstract

This research aimed to identify whether the granting of exam access arrangements to students with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) creates exam equity with their typically developing (TD) peers or confers an advantage. Empirical data was collected from the exam scripts of 67 Humanities students with SpLD who were permitted the use of a word processor and/or 25% extra time and 70 TD peers who took the same exam under standard conditions. The length of answers on the exam scripts, marks and degree classification achieved by students with SpLD were compared with those of their TD peers. The statistical conclusion of this study is that the students with SpLD who were granted exam access arrangements did not perform differently compared to their TD peers who took the same exam under standard conditions. This demonstrates that exam access arrangement do not confer an advantage for SpLD students in Humanities.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
L Education > L Education (General)
Publisher: Open University, Centre for Widening Participation
ISSN: 1466-6529
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 14 August 2018
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2019 06:38
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/113919

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