Journal Article

Deaf College Students' Perceptions of Communication in Mainstream Classes

Michael Stinson, Yufang Liu, Rosemary Saur and Gary Long

in The Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education

Volume 1, issue 1, pages 40-51
Published in print January 1996 | ISSN: 1081-4159
Published online January 1996 | e-ISSN: 1465-7325 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordjournals.deafed.a014280
Deaf College Students' Perceptions of Communication in Mainstream Classes

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Fifty deaf and hard-of-hearing students who were mainstreamed in postsecondary classes rated their classroom communication ease with hearing instructors, hearing peers, and deaf peers. A subgroup of these students participated in an in-depth interview that focused on perceptions of communication ease, support services, and attitudes of teachers and students toward deaf students in mainstreamed classes. Quantitative analyses indicated that students more comfortable in using speech in this setting reported being able to receive and send a greater amount and a higher quality of information than did students who were less comfortable in using speech. Both quantitative and quantitative results indicated that students varied considerably in their communication with hearing peers and professors, in their relations with deaf peers, and in their concerns about access. It is a challenge for interpreting and other support services to serve these various needs, especially when it is not unusual for these variations to occur in the same classroom.

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

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