ERIC Number: ED390241
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
A Study on Social Communication Behavior of 5 to 7-Year-Old Kindergarten Children with Profound Hearing Loss in Integrational Situations.
Bilir, Sule; Bal, Servet
This study examined social communication behavior during play time among eight kindergarten (5- to 7-year-old) children with profound hearing loss in integrational situations (with normal children ages between 4-6) in Ankara, Turkey. Observations were made of children's preferences for different play centers, types of social play, social communicative behavior during play, number of children in play groups, and the teacher's role in play. Among the work stations and options available for students to choose during free time, a gradual decline was noted in the preference rates for observation and for solitary and parallel play, while associate and cooperative play increased. An increase was noted in the numbers of children with hearing impairments who joined play groups consisting of one to three children, and an increase in verbal and nonverbal communication was noted as well. Specifically, positive nonverbal communication increased, while negative nonverbal communication decreased until it disappeared altogether. The level of the teacher's involvement in children's play also declined in the last month of the study, with a small rise in the teacher's function as "play initiator." (Contains 11 references.) (PB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Turkey (Ankara)
Note: Paper presented at the International Congress on Education of the Deaf (18th, Tel Aviv, Israel, July 16-20, 1995).