Journal Article

Career Barriers Perceived by Hard-of-Hearing Adolescents: Implications for Practice From a Mixed-Methods Study

Renee Punch, Peter A. Creed and Merv B. Hyde

in The Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education

Volume 11, issue 2, pages 224-237
Published in print January 2006 | ISSN: 1081-4159
Published online January 2006 | e-ISSN: 1465-7325 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/deafed/enj023
Career Barriers Perceived by Hard-of-Hearing Adolescents: Implications for Practice From a Mixed-Methods Study

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This study incorporated both quantitative and qualitative methods to examine the perception of career barriers by hard-of-hearing high school students being educated in regular classes with itinerant teacher support. Sixty-five students in Years 10, 11, and 12 completed a questionnaire about potential general and hearing-related barriers, and 12 of these respondents were subsequently interviewed. Findings indicated that other people's lack of understanding of their hearing loss constituted the greatest potential barrier to adolescents' educational and career goals. Students anticipated several other barriers in the form of functional hearing-related difficulties. Most students showed little awareness of helpful strategies or job accommodations and some had prematurely foreclosed on career choices. Implications for practice are outlined, and recommendations for teachers and career counselors are made.

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

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