How Deaf Children Learn: What Parents and Teachers Need to Know

Hardcover | October 26, 2011

byMarc Marschark, Peter C. Hauser

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How can parents and teachers most effectively support the language development and academic success of deaf and hard-of-hearing children? Will using sign language interfere with learning spoken language? Should deaf children be placed in classrooms with hearing children? Are traditionalmethods of teaching subjects such as reading and math to hearing children appropriate for deaf learners? As many parents and teachers will attest, questions like these have no easy answers, and it can be difficult for caring adults to separate science from politics and fact from opinion in order tomake informed decisions about how to help deaf children learn. In this invaluable guide, renowned authorities Marc Marschark and Peter Hauser highlight important new advances in scientific and educational research that can help parents and teachers of students with significant hearing loss. The authors stress that deaf children have strengths and needs that aresometimes very different from those who can hear. Consequently, if deaf students are to have full academic access and optimal educational outcomes, it is essential that parents and teachers learn to recognize these differences and adjust their teaching methods to them. Marschark and Hauser explainhow the fruits of research conducted over the last several years can markedly improve educational practices at home and in the classroom, and they offer innovative strategies that parents and teachers can use to promote learning in their children. The result is a lively, accessible volume that shedslight on what it means to be a deaf learner and that provides a wealth of advice on how we can best support their language development, social skills, and academic success.

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How can parents and teachers most effectively support the language development and academic success of deaf and hard-of-hearing children? Will using sign language interfere with learning spoken language? Should deaf children be placed in classrooms with hearing children? Are traditionalmethods of teaching subjects such as reading and ...

Marc Marschark is a Professor at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, where he is Director of the Center for Education Research Partnerships. He has written or edited over 20 books and published over 100 articles and chapters. His current research focuses on relations of language and learning by deaf children and adults in fo...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:October 26, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. What It's All AboutWho Are We and What Are We Doing Here?Alternative Perspectives on Educating Deaf StudentsUsing This BookNotes, Confessions, and Acknowledgments2. Introduction to Deaf ChildrenNavigating IssuesThose Who Ignore History...Terms of Endearment (or Not)Differences versus DeficienciesFinal Words3. On Hearing and Not HearingUnderstanding HearingHearing AidsEverything You Always Wanted to Know About Cochlear ImplantsFinal Words4. Language and CommunicationUnderstanding LanguageFrom Communication to LanguageSigned Languages and Visual Communication SystemsSpoken CommunicationFinal Words5. Family and Peers: Foundations of LearningEducation Begins at HomeSocial Interactions: Foundations for LearningEarly InterventionMoving from Home to SchoolSocial-Emotional Growth during the School YearsLast Words6. Deaf CognitionAre Deaf Children As Smart As Hearing Children?Do Deaf Individuals See Better?Does Sign Language Have an Effect on Cognition?Cognitive Development and LanguageFinal Words7. Learning and MemoryCognition and Learning: From Darkness to EnlightenmentLearningMemoryFinal Words8. Problem Solving and KnowledgeExperience and Conceptual DevelopmentIntegration and Organization of KnowledgeFinal Words9. ReadingThe Challenge of Learning to ReadWhat Can We Do about Deaf Students' Reading Achievement?A Few Words about WritingFinal Words10. Doing Math: FoundationsUnderstanding NumberUnderstanding Mathematics during the School YearsImproving Mathematics Performance by Deaf ChildrenFinal Words11. The Deaf Education ClassroomOptions in Deaf Education ProgrammingAssessment and Classroom PlacementClassroom DiversityThe ClassroomDeaf Education ProfessionalsFinal Words12. Where Do We Go from Here?A Journey of 1000 Miles Begins with a Single StepThe More Things Change the More They Stay the SameThere Are Differences and Then There Are DifferencesWhat We Know and What We Need to KnowFinal Final WordsAdditonal ReadingReferencesIndex