ERIC Number: ED056433
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Jan
Reference Count: 0
A Project to Develop and Evaluate the Effectiveness of Instructional Materials for the Deaf, Designed to Emphasize the Syntactical Meaning of Words. Final Report.
Krug, Richard F.; Hawkins, Frances P.
The demonstration project was designed to develop a teaching method and instructional materials that would emphasize syntactic meanings of words for deaf preschool children. The teaching method was developed with a group of six deaf preschool children, and then demonstrated and modified in five other schools for the deaf. The teaching method was found to be suitable for deaf children, 3 and 4 years old, with no previous knowledge or skills in speechreading, speech, reading, writing, or manual communication. The teaching method consisted of the use of print as the major input for the child, preprinted vocabulary as the leading means of demonstrating or expressing syntactic understanding, and child participation and control over classroom activities during project sessions. The project emphasized the power one can exert over people through proper use of language. Guidelines were provided for making print become symbolic for the children and for demonstrating syntactic functions of words within various sentence structures. An appendix of six stories concerning reactions of both children and teacher to the project teaching method suggested that the method was applicable to analysis of a wide variety of sentence structures and to deaf children at various grade levels. (CB)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Colorado Univ., Boulder.