Fall 2019 - EDUC 422 D100

Learning Disabilities (4)

Class Number: 10667

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 3 – Dec 2, 2019: Mon, 1:30–5:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 12, 2019
    Thu, 12:00–3:00 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    PSYC 250 or corequisite of EDUC 315 or 473. Students may be required to successfully complete a Criminal Record Check.



A study of conceptual and historic foundations of learning disabilities and an introduction to the methodologies of diagnosis and of learning disabilities.


Education 422 reviews the theories that explain the origins and nature of learning disabilities in children and adults. The history of the field, conceptual and operational definitions of learning disabilities, and the expression of learning disabilities in diverse subject areas are discussed. The course covers many topics including the identification and diagnosis of learning disabilities related to reading, writing, mathematics and language; the impact of learning disabilities on individuals, schools, communities, and society as a whole; and the pedagogical perspectives for instructional intervention of children with learning disabilities, including Universal Design and Direct Instruction. Information gleaned from this course forms a framework for the more practical dimensions of teaching children with learning disabilities presented in Education 424: Learning Disabilities laboratory (for which EDUC 422 is a prerequisite or corequisite).


By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  1. Explore their own and others views of the conceptions of learning disabilities
  2. Review and evaluate research findings on the cognitive and perceptual origins of learning disabilities related to reading, writing, mathematics and language.
  3. Evaluate the impact of the social determinants of health on learning disabilities.
  4. Identify current issues relevant to educational practice and research in the field of learning disabilities.


  • Weekly Reading Summaries 15%
  • In-class written work 15%
  • Papers 45%
  • Final Exam 25%


Students must have a successful SFU Criminal Records Check in order to enroll.



Handbook of Learning Disabilities (2nd Ed. 2014), Swanson et al.
ISBN: 9781462518685

Registrar Notes:

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