Evidence-Based Practice in Educating Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students

Paperback | August 4, 2010

byPatricia Elizabeth Spencer, Marc Marschark

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Debates about methods of supporting language development and academic skills of deaf or hard-of-hearing children have waxed and waned for more than 100 years: Will using sign language interfere with learning to use spoken language or does it offer optimal access to communication for deafchildren? Does placement in classrooms with mostly hearing children enhance or impede academic and social-emotional development? Will cochlear implants or other assistive listening devices provide deaf children with sufficient input for age-appropriate reading abilities? Are traditional methodsof classroom teaching effective for deaf and hard-of-hearing students?Although there is a wealth of evidence with regard to each of these issues, too often, decisions on how to best support deaf and hard-of-hearing children in developing language and academic skills are made based on incorrect or incomplete information. No matter how well-intentioned, decisionsgrounded in opinions, beliefs, or value judgments are insufficient to guide practice. Instead, we need to take advantage of relevant, emerging research concerning best practices and outcomes in educating deaf and hard-of-hearing learners. In this critical evaluation of what we know and what we do not know about educating deaf and hard-of-hearing students, the authors examine a wide range of educational settings and research methods that have guided deaf education in recent years - or should. The book provides a focus for futureeducational and research efforts, and aims to promote optimal support for deaf and hard-of-hearing learners of all ages. Co-authored by two of the most respected leaders in the field, this book summarizes and evaluates research findings across multiple disciplines pertaining to the raising andeducating of deaf children, providing a comprehensive but concise record of the successes, failures, and unanswered questions in deaf education. A readily accessible and invaluable source for teachers, university students, and other professionals, Evidence-Based Practice in Educating Deaf andHard-of-Hearing Students encourages readers to reconsider assumptions and delve more deeply into what we really know about deaf and hard-of-hearing children, their patterns of development, and their lifelong learning.

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Debates about methods of supporting language development and academic skills of deaf or hard-of-hearing children have waxed and waned for more than 100 years: Will using sign language interfere with learning to use spoken language or does it offer optimal access to communication for deafchildren? Does placement in classrooms with mos...

Patricia Elizabeth Spencer is former Professor of Psychology at Gallaudet University, and and continues working as a researcher, writer, and evaluation consultant. Marc Marschark is Professor and Director, Center for Education Research Partnerships, National Technical Institute for the Deaf - Rochester Institute of Technology.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 0.71 inPublished:August 4, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199735409

ISBN - 13:9780199735402

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction and Key Findings Index2. Demographics, Diversity, and Foundational Issues in Deaf Education3. Evaluating the Evidence in Deaf Education: Methods for Obtaining Trustworthy and Useful Information4. Early Identification of Hearing Loss and Early Intervention Services: Implications for Language and Learning5. Language Development, Languages, and Language Systems6. Acquisition and Development of Literacy Skills7. Cognition, Perception, and Learning Strategies8. Achievement in Mathematics and Science9. Educational Placement Decisions and Outcomes10. Programming for Children with Multiple Disabilities11. Issues and Trends in Best PracticeReferences