ERIC Number: ED214918
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Mainstreaming the Hearing-Impaired Teacher.
Martin, David S.
Recent changes in certification laws for special education teachers require some training in "normal" classrooms, a challenging situation for hearing impaired preservice teachers. Gallaudet College (Washington, DC) has been known for its teacher education program for teachers of the hearing-impaired. A new undergraduate program has been developed at Gallaudet College to provide training for hearing-impaired preservice teachers to prepare them for certification in regular education. The students range from those with moderate hearing loss who can function through either voice or sign language to those who have a profound hearing loss who can function only through sign language and some lipreading. The coursework element of the program is conducted in "simultaneous communication" (using sign language, voice if possible, and lipreading at the same time). For the practicum experience, conducted in hearing classrooms, student teachers follow the customary pattern of gradual involvement in the classroom through observation, subsequent analysis, and assisting the cooperating teacher. They then develop a specific personal plan for functioning in a hearing classroom. Strategies may include teaching their cooperating teacher and the class about deafness, providing mini-lessons in the use of sign language, team teaching with the cooperating teacher, or, in the case of the profoundly deaf, using an interpreter as a translator of the student teachers' sign language. Regular meetings are held between the student and the cooperating teacher as well as with parents and administrators, ensuring feedback on specific problems and successeful communication. A college supervisor observes and critiques student teachers on a weekly basis. Gallaudet College staff members provide inservice orientation for cooperating teachers about deafness and how to work with a hearing-impaired adult. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Disabled Teachers; Gallaudet College DC
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (Houston, TX, February 17-20, 1982).