A case study of unfounded concepts underpinning controversial practices

lost in "space Dyslexia"

Jennifer Stephenson*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Although many are critical of the uptake of unproven practices by teachers and families in their search for treatment for children with reading difficulties, there has been little examination of the specific conditions that persuade teachers and families to adopt such practices. This article traces the emergence and evolution of a particular meme, space dyslexia, and related memes. The space dyslexia meme is shown to be an unfounded concept, but one that has proved attractive to the popular media and presumably to those seeking alternative treatments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-47
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Disability, Development and Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2009


  • controversial practices
  • dyslexia
  • meme
  • reading intervention

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