ERIC Number: ED132783
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
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A Comparison of the Cognitive Styles of Deaf Students with the Cognitive Styles of Hearing Students.
Griffin, Thomas E.
A study involving 25 deaf students mainstreamed in a community college was conducted to investigate differences in cognitive styles between deaf and hearing students. Both normal hearing and deaf students responded to a cognitive style inventory which consisted of 216 descriptive statements with which each student assessed himself in terms of "usually", "sometimes", or "rarely". Cognitive style was studied in terms of three sets of influences: (1) symbols and their meanings, (2) cultural determinants of the meanings of symbols, and (3) modalities of inference. Among findings were that deaf students tend to receive theoretical information more readily if presented and/or interpreted in an auditory quantitative format; that culturally, deaf students are more associate oriented than hearing students, while hearing students are more individual oriented than deaf students; and that hearing students tend to be appraisers in making inferences while deaf students infer more from relationships. Findings pointed out some major differences in cognitive styles that could greatly affect the teaching and learning processes. (Author/SBH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: A major applied research project presented in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Education ; Nova University