Journal Article

Participation of deaf and hard-of-hearing students in classes with hearing students.

M Stinson and Y Liu

in The Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education

Volume 4, issue 3, pages 191-202
Published in print January 1999 | ISSN: 1081-4159
Published online January 1999 | e-ISSN: 1465-7325 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/deafed/4.3.191
Participation of deaf and hard-of-hearing students in classes with hearing students.

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This project identified key issues concerning participation of deaf and hard-of-hearing (D/HH) students in regular (mainstream) classes. In one study, qualitative data were collected from 40 participants in focus groups consisting of interpreters, teachers of the deaf, and notetakers. In a second study, repeated field observations were made of four elementary-level D/HH students who were participating in small-group learning activities with hearing classmates. Focus group comments indicated that regular classroom teachers, interpreters, teachers of the deaf, hearing classmates, and D/HH students contribute to active participation by the D/HH student. Focus groups identified specific barriers that interfered with participation of each of these groups of individuals, and they also identified specific strategies to facilitate participation. Qualitative analyses of field observation data yielded results consistent with the comments collected from the focus groups participants. The observations identified accommodations that regular classroom teachers, teachers of the deaf, and interpreters can make to promote integration of the D/HH student. A summary synthesis of the data presents 16 specific strategies for overcoming barriers to participation.

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Subjects: Education ; Linguistics ; Teaching of Specific Groups and Special Educational Needs

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