Erasmus research: what have we learned?
2. Collaborative research is essential
This project was particularly valuable as it provided a very rich learning environment for all European partner organizations and individuals involved. Colleagues from different backgrounds and perspectives came together. This diversity could only favor the sharing of expertise, the exploration of new ideas and the inevitable debate on solutions.
Furthermore, not only could a group of partners address a research question that they could not individually, but they could disseminate the results of that research much more widely to a much larger audience.
Such a partnership therefore stimulates learning on a much larger scale.
3. Continued research in this area is vital
This project provides an excellent comparative analysis of approaches to supporting dyslexic adults in workplace employment across Europe. It has resulted in the publication of very practical guides in several languages which will provide valuable and indispensable support to employers.
However, this project also highlights the need for continued research and development in this area.
- Workplaces come in all sorts of shapes and forms. These are very complex environments where individuals interact in multiple ways within systems and structures to deliver organizational results. They have cultures, processes, and procedures that an individual employee must learn to navigate from their own experience and cultural perspective in order to reach their full work potential.
- In addition, each employee’s dyslexia experience is unique. Dyslexia is a lifelong condition that can range from mild to severe and can coexist with other learning disabilities.
Such diversity between workplaces and individuals means that multiple, varied and nuanced practical solutions for employers should be available to support a dyslexic workforce. Further research is needed to ensure that every employee has the opportunity to reach their full potential at work.
The British Dyslexia Association looks forward to continuing to collaborate with others to maximize the breadth and depth of dyslexia research.
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