ERIC Number: ED331256
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
A Year in the Life of DeafCAN: Minority Deaf Students in a Community College.
Gold, Ruby; Strong, Michael
The monograph reports on a year-long ethnographic study of a program for deaf students, DeafCAN (College Access Network) at Laney College, a community college in Oakland, California. During the 1988-89 year of observation, the program offered six specially designed courses, a daily lab hour, tutoring services, and a women's support/rap group. The study was designed to describe the program, evaluate the program, and construct a program model for dissemination. The study particularly looked at: the effects of the program on the mental health of the 12 new students, bilingualism and the use of American Sign Language and English, student goals, and DeafCAN as a family. Extensive tape recordings (video and audio) of classroom and informal settings provided the data for analysis. Individual chapters of the report address the following: the setting; the DeafCAN program; the DeafCAN staff; staff meetings; DeafCAN students; students' language attitudes; students' social networks; student writing samples; underlying themes in the DeafCAN program; the impact of DeafCAN on students' mental health; student goals; DeafCAN as a bilingual/bicultural program; DeafCAN as a family; relationships between students and staff; and contact between deaf and hearing cultures. Extensive quotes and anecdotal accounts are included in the report. (DB)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, College Students, Community Colleges, Deafness, English, Ethnography, Group Dynamics, Group Experience, Mainstreaming, Mental Health, Models, Participant Observation, Program Evaluation, Qualitative Research, Sign Language, Social Support Groups, Special Programs, Student Development, Student Educational Objectives, Student Personnel Services, Teacher Student Relationship, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., San Francisco. Center on Deafness.
Identifiers: DeafCAN; Laney College CA