Details of validated courses related to Dyslexia Action

Catherine Humphries made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to University of York

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Catherine Humphries

Dear University of York,
Please could you provide the follwing information;

1) The numbers of requests for an appeal following the unsuccessful completion of the Certificate in Dyslexia and Literacy course in the past three years.

2) The number of appeals heard for the above course in the past three years.

3)The total amount of revenue to York University from Dyslexia Institute Ltd

4) Whether Dyslexia Action's teaching methodolgy has ever been peer reviwed and if so, please can you give the details

Yours faithfully,

D Williamson

Charles Fonge, University of York

Dear D Williamson/Catherine Humphries,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request, received 16 August
2010.

Your request is being considered. We will respond as quickly as possible
and certainly within 20 working days of the date of receipt.

Yours sincerely,

Charles Fonge

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Dr Charles Fonge

University Records Manager and Archivist

Borthwick Institute
University of York
Heslington
York YO10 5DD
Email: [University of York request email]

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Charles Fonge, University of York

Dear D. Williamson,

I am pleased to provide the following information in response to your
Freedom of Information request of 16 August 2010.

1) `The numbers of requests for an appeal following the unsuccessful
completion of the Certificate in Dyslexia and Literacy course in the past
three years.'

 

The following figures relate to requests for appeals via the University's
appeals process:

2007/8       Nil

2008/9       1

2009/10     1

2) `The number of appeals heard for the above course in the past three
years.'

None of these appeals have led to a hearing.

    

3) `The total amount of revenue to York University from Dyslexia Institute
Ltd'

The total income received since August 2008 is £77,800.

    

4) `Whether Dyslexia Action's teaching methodolgy has ever been peer
reviwed and if so, please can you give the details'

Programmes delivered by Dyslexia Action that are validated by the
University of York are reviewed according to the University's standard
validation procedure. This is set out in the Validation Handbook
http://www.york.ac.uk/admin/aso/teach/co...

As explained in section 3 of the handbook, validation includes: "a
detailed examination of the academic programme(s) and associated support
services for which validation is requested. The examination will be
undertaken by a validation panel appointed by the University Teaching
Committee and chaired by a member of the Committee; membership will
include representatives of relevant academic departments and usually an
external assessor".

Information that partner institutions have to provide for review includes:
"A detailed account of the syllabus for the programme(s), the programme
specification(s), the assessment arrangements including draft written
statement on assessment practices (see Appendix A of the University's
Guide to Assessment), the arrangements for delivery (e.g. appropriate
teaching expertise), student feedback and student support, and the
physical and other resources entailed." (Paragraph 3.4.2 refers)

The latest triennial revalidation visit (by a panel including an external
assessor) took place in March 2009. This included the PGDip and PGCert
programmes in Dyslexia Literacy. The next revalidation visit will be in
2012.

Yours sincerely,

Charles Fonge

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Dr Charles Fonge

University Records Manager and Archivist

Borthwick Institute
University of York
Heslington
York YO10 5DD
Email: [University of York request email]

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Catherine Humphries

Dear University of York,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of University of York's handling of my FOI request 'Details of validated courses related to Dyslexia Action'.

No details have been submitted relating to my request for information requesting if Dyslexia Action's teahing methods have been subjected to peer review

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/de...

Yours faithfully,

D Williamson

University of York

Thank you for your email. I am on leave until 28 September 2010 and out of the office 29-30 September.

If you are seeking information from the University, and cannot find the information from its Publication Scheme (www.york.ac.uk/recordsmanagement/foia) or website, please redirect your request to the relevant University department or to [email address] or [email address]. Departments’ contact details are available from www.york.ac.uk

Charles Fonge, University of York

Dear D Williamson,

Thank you for your email.

As validating institution for the course, the University provided information on peer review as it understood your question and in the context of the information it holds. If it has misunderstood and you mean peer review in some other context, please supply me with your understanding of the term and its context and we will endeavour to provide any further information or clarification as necessary.

Yours sincerely,

Charles Fonge

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Dr Charles Fonge
University Records Manager and Archivist

Borthwick Institute
University of York
Heslington
York YO10 5DD

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Catherine Humphries

Dear Charles Fonge,
I am sure that a University understands the concept of peer review. I am referring to academic scrutiny in an academic journal(s).I would like full details please.

Yours sincerely,

D Williamson

Charles Fonge, University of York

Dear D Williamson,

Thank you for your email and clarification of 8 November 2010. We're
taking this forward in the light of your comments and will be in contact
shortly.

Yours sincerely,

Charles Fonge

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Dr Charles Fonge

University Records Manager and Archivist

Borthwick Institute
University of York
Heslington
York YO10 5DD
Email: [email address]

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Charles Fonge, University of York

Dear D Williamson,

Thank you for your email and the clarification that your enquiry for
information as to whether `Dyslexia Action's teaching methods have been
subjected to peer review' was made in relation to `academic scrutiny in an
academic journal(s)'.

As you'll have appreciated from our earlier response, 'peer review' is a
broad term, and in academia the term/process is applied to a range of
scholarly activities, including the validation and quality assurance of
courses by review panels and external examiners, as well as the
publication of journal articles.

The clarification that you seek information on "whether Dyslexia Action's
teaching methods have been subjected to peer review" in the context of
"academic scrutiny in an academic journal(s)" is open to a number of
interpretations. To avoid confusion or delay, and under our duty to
provide help and assistance, I have provided some further information and
context below as regards these interpretations, our processes and the
information the University holds. In this way, we can better ensure that
the particular focus of your enquiry has been identified correctly.

I hope the following is of assistance and await your response if you are
able to refine your enquiry any further as a result, or indeed if this
response provides the confirmation you seek.

Yours sincerely,

Charles Fonge

Peer review of Dyslexia Action's teaching methods in academic journals

1. Background

The Postgraduate Diploma and Certificate in Dyslexia and Literacy are
programmes managed and delivered by Dyslexia Action (the working name of
the Dyslexia Institute, and a separate legal body and charity). They are
validated by the University of York, which reviews them every three years.
Validation reviews are conducted in accordance with the University's
Handbook of Validation Procedures
([1]http://www.york.ac.uk/admin/aso/teach/co...).

As explained in the earlier response of 14 September 2010, validation
reviews include a detailed examination of the academic programme(s) and
associated support services. The review is undertaken by a validation
panel whose membership includes representatives of relevant academic
departments and usually an external assessor with particular expertise in
the subject area. The review panel will typically consider relevant
documentation such as the programme syllabus and specification, details of
assessment arrangements and practices, examiners' reports etc and also
collect evidence through talking to staff and students.

In terms of external peer review, the programmes are also accredited
separately by the British Dyslexia Association. This is so that students
graduating with a PG Certificate and a PG Diploma can be eligible to be
awarded ATS and AMBDA (Associate Member of the British Dyslexia
Association) respectively.

2. Peer review of Dyslexia Action's teaching methods in academic journals

Teaching methodologies, such as online learning, classroom teaching, or
teaching in relation to dyslexia may well have been the subject of
peer-reviewed research in academic journals in the abstract, but this
won't mean that the University of York would necessarily be involved in,
aware of, or hold such published research.

A search of the records at York relating to the validation process and the
last triennial revalidation visit has identified no written reference to
the peer-reviewed scrutiny of Dyslexia Action or its teaching methods in
academic journals, nor of peer-reviewed articles relating to teaching
methods more generally (e.g. online learning). This is not unusual as
journal references are not normally quoted in validation reviews.

A literature review encompassing secondary academic literature does not
form part of the evidence base considered by the University or validation
review panel, and the University holds no record of cited works relating
to Dyslexia Action's teaching methods in this context. This is not to say
that academic articles do not inform a validation review: only that they
would do so indirectly, through the professional knowledge / expertise of
the panel members, including the external assessor (for example as an
education e-learning specialist).

If your enquiry seeks to identify journal articles written specifically
about Dyslexia Action (DA) itself, it is also worth noting that the
research subject (e.g. the institution (DA)) would be highly unlikely to
be named or identified directly in research outputs.

Similarly, if your enquiry wishes to identify those published scholarly
communications concerning certain types of teaching method, to the extent
that this information might be held in the University's library, it will
be exempt as information which is publicly available by other means under
section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

An initial search of the library's catalogue
([2]http://yorsearch.york.ac.uk/ABLYork/) has not produced any information
relating to Dyslexia Action's teaching methods. You may wish to explore
this and other publicly available search engines, such as Google Scholar
([3]http://scholar.google.co.uk/advanced_sch...),
yourself, as being best-placed to pursue your research in this regard and
more able to employ and direct appropriate search terms and identify
relevant results.

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Dr Charles Fonge

University Records Manager and Archivist

Borthwick Institute
University of York
Heslington
York YO10 5DD
Email: [email address]

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