Epilogue: What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and What We Should Know

Marc Marschark and Patricia Elizabeth Spencer

in The Oxford Handbook of Deaf Studies, Language, and Education, Volume 1, Second Edition

Second edition

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199750986
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Epilogue: What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and What We Should Know

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Significant new findings about social, psychological, linguistic, and pragmatic aspects of deafness have in some cases confirmed long-held assumptions and beliefs about deaf and hard-of-hearing persons—their communities, languages, patterns of learning, and achievements. In other cases, research has failed to support preexisting beliefs, and many issues remain insufficiently investigated. Research is especially needed about the continued development of deaf children, adults, and their communities in the context of technological advances, increased appreciation for alternative approaches to communication and language development, and recognition of the impact of cognitive as well as social abilities on development of literacy and academic skills.

Keywords:  deaf; hard-of-hearing; academic achievement; communication methods; deaf culture/community; literacy/learning; research needs; technology

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Subjects: Psychology ; Educational Psychology ; Developmental Psychology

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