ERIC Number: ED219267
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
Adapting Science for Hearing Impaired Early Adolescents. Final Report.
Sunal, Cynthia Szymanski; Sunal, Dennis W.
This project developed an effective science curriculum, "Science for the Hearing Impaired" (SFHI), through adaption of two Houghton Mifflin science programs for use with hearing impaired adolescents (ages 9-13). This adaption included reorganization of objectives and content within lessons, deliberate and appropriate teaching of science processes and inquiry skills, multi-sensory presentation of content through active participation, paraphrasing of text and use of language and identification cards, a selected science vocabulary taught through active experience, a variety of communication techniques, and a placement and evaluation system for science learning designed around the capabilities of the hearing impaired. Results from a 1981 trial period were used to produce a final edition of the program, the first available program at the national level providing early adolescent hearing-impaired students with an easily accessible and effective science curriculum adapted to their specific needs. Additional assessment of student progress included cognitive development level, pre-post unit tests of science learning and language development, and science interests and attitudes. Included are the project's developmental and evaluation processes, evaluation results, and in five appendices: project activities/staff listings, trial center descriptions, evaluation instruments, and media material guide to accompany use of the SFHI program. (Author/JN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: West Virginia Univ., Morgantown. Coll. of Human Resources and Education.