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ERIC Number: ED160994
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 30
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A Psycholinguistic Description of Selected Deaf Children Reading in Sign Language.
Ewoldt, Carolyn
To develop a theoretical model of the reading process of the deaf, a study was devised that tested the viability of the Goodman reading model applied to sign language and evaluated a variety of comprehension-assessing techniques to identify those that provide the most information about a deaf reader's comprehension. For the study, four deaf readers ranging in age from six through sixteen read 25 video-taped stories in sign and interpreted them. Evidence provided by cloze procedures, miscue analysis, numerous retellings, and other procedures suggest that the reading process of deaf readers closely resembles that of hearing readers as proposed by Goodman, with the following variations: deaf readers have more options available to them than hearing readers, such as fingerspelling, pantomime, and sign systems; they use graphic cues as opposed to graphophonic cues; and they are not bound to English syntax. Study results indicate that deaf readers should be allowed to read in any communication system they prefer, and should be permitted to read whole stories without interruption or preteaching. (MAI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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