ERIC Number: ED042294
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968-Jun
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An Experimental Program of Language Development Using a Systematic Application of Audio-Visual Aids to Reinforce the Classroom Teacher's Program for Children with Impaired Hearing. Final Report.
Withrow, Frank B.; Brown, Donald W.
Three hundred and six 8mm cartridge-type films were produced to provide deaf children instruction in and practice with noun vocabulary, question forms, prepositions, and speechreading. Films were placed in 12 classes. Method of presentation and time spent was determined by individual teachers, most of whom had attended a three-day orientation workshop. Group I, consisting of 38 children (median age 8.6) worked with the projectors and language films similar to but not a part of the experimental films for one year. Group II (43 children, median age 7.6) used the experimental films for one year. Group III (29 children, median age 6.6) used both groups of films during two years. To determine progress in speechreading ability, the Illinois Communication Scale (Form B) was administered to each class before and after each year. Group III showed a 50% improvement in speech reading ability over the two years. Group I improved 21.74% while Group II showed 12.00% improvement. Reasons suggested for this are differences in intelligence, previous education, and age, and greater similarity than had been thought between the experimental and non-experimental films. The major criticism related to content (unrelated noun vocabulary). Appendixes include the Illinois Communication Scale and the Evaluation questionnaire. (KW)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Illinois School for the Deaf, Jacksonville.