ERIC Number: ED328872
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jun
Fingerspelling within the Context of Simultaneous Communication. Occasional Paper No. 128.
Akamatsu, C. Tane; Stewart, David A.
Intended to raise researchers' and teachers' awareness of fingerspelling as an important part of signed communication, a study examined its use with deaf children in the classroom. Five trained teachers of the deaf, participating in a demonstration total communication project in a public school in the Midwest, were videotaped in their own classrooms. Their fingerspelled utterances were transcribed and analyzed for form, content, and use. Findings indicated that these teachers did not fingerspell often, but when they did, they sought to express a specific English word. The clarity of their fingerspelled utterances varied greatly, ranging from whole word gestalts to words wherein individual letters could be discerned. References are included. (SR)
Descriptors: Communication Skills, Deafness, Elementary Secondary Education, Finger Spelling, Public Schools, Sign Language, Teaching Methods, Total Communication
Institute for Research on Teaching, College of Education, Michigan State University, 252 Erickson Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824 ($2.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Inst. for Research on Teaching.