ERIC Number: ED239424
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-May
Reference Count: 0
What Deaf Individuals Bring to the Reading Task: A Focus on Word Identification Strategies.
Hirsh-Pasek, Kathy; Freyd, Pamela
The paper examines the role of morphological (word) cues in reading and considers the implications for deaf students. Theories on the importance of decoding and morphological comparison in competent reading comprehension are reviewed, and studies on how successful deaf readers learn morphological cues are described. Findings show that deaf readers use systems analogous to "sounding out the word" (by mouth movements and translation into finger spelling). The use of the finger spelling strategy is suggested as a way to help deaf students identify more sight vocabulary. Further results are cited to show that deaf Ss can detect morphological regularities between words. The paper concludes with suggestions for helping deaf students improve both their finger spelling decoding and their ability to understand morphological relatedness. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the International Reading Association Conference (Anaheim, CA, May, 1983).