ERIC Number: ED249752
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Effects of Context on Deaf Students' Comprehension of Difficult Sentences.
Nolen, Susan Bobbitt; Wilbur, Ronnie B.
Fifty severely to profoundly deaf students (grades 4-8) were given a forced-choice picture selection test to investigate the effects of context on comprehension of difficult sentences. For one-half of the items, students matched pictures to isolated active, passive, or relative-clause sentences; for the other half, students performed the same task given similar sentences embedded in a context-providing paragraph. Analysis showed a significant facilitative effect of context for relative-clause sentences across reading levels. Findings support the theory that, like hearing children, deaf children can and do use contextual information to disambiguate difficult sentence structures. (Author/CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).