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ERIC Number: ED347716
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Which Sign Language System Should Be Used with Young Deaf Children?
Greenwood-Logsdon, Marsha
This paper examines the evolution of sign language's role in education, beginning with the debate over sign language versus oral communication, followed by the debate over American Sign Language (ASL) versus other sign systems. The paper points out that this debate process is hindering the educational experience for thousands of deaf children and further widening the gap between the "hearing world" and the "deaf world" as hearing people try to impose their opinions on those who are deaf. Research is cited showing that deaf children with deaf parents, who used sign language to communicate, scored better in overall educational achievement and social adjustment than deaf children of hearing parents. American Sign Language is not recommended for use with young deaf children, because the native language of most parents of deaf children is English, the majority of teachers are hearing, and ASL is a spatial language with no written format. The system of Signed English is recommended in its place. Newer, more complex sign systems are not recommended because they have become so complex that they hinder rather than assist the learning process. (Includes nine annotated references) (JDD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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