ERIC Number: ED300967
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Academic and Social Mainstreaming: Deaf Students' Perspectives on Their College Experiences.
Foster, Susan; Brown, Paula
Twenty deaf students attending Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) were interviewed to study social and academic aspects of mainstreaming. While students appreciated the opportunity to attend mainstream college classes and felt they were succeeding academically, they also experienced separation and even isolation within the mainstream class. This isolation stemmed from three major kinds of constraints, including the grouping of deaf students, the use of support services, and students' perceptions of themselves and others. In their social interactions and relationships, deaf students tended to rely on social networks of deaf peers and participate largely in deaf clubs and social activities. Their explanations for these friendship patterns included the increased opportunity presented at RIT for meeting deaf peers, the ease and comfort of interaction with deaf students, the importance of group identification, and the negative influence of social prejudice. Interviewees perceived both themselves and hearing students as lacking the motivation to pursue relationships with each other. (Author/JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Technical Inst. for the Deaf, Rochester, NY.