Lack of Readiness, Underachievement, or Disability? Diagnosing Academic Difficulty
The learning of things is better than the ignorance of them.
takes a lot of hits to strike a nail in the dark.
—African American Saying
Assessment in medical and psychological disciplines often involves the concept of differential diagnosis. Differential diagnosis refers to the process of using interview and/or test data to accurately match symptoms to a specific diagnosis. A student development professional faces a similar challenge when attempting to determine the causes of a student’s academic performance problems. The professional must differentially diagnose whether the student has
• emotional and motivational readiness for ...