ERIC Number: ED366131
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Access: Language in Deaf Education. Proceedings of a Seminar Concerning "Unlocking the Curriculum: Principles for Achieving Access in Deaf Education" (Washington, D.C., February 21, 1989). Occasional Paper 90-1.
Johnson, Robert C., Ed.
This seminar proceedings document offers a summary of the views articulated in a paper by Robert E. Johnson and others titled "Unlocking the Curriculum: Principles for Achieving Access in Deaf Education." The paper's contention was that deaf students' low average academic achievement levels are not results of learning deficits inherently associated with deafness but of problems in the communication practices of the students' teachers. The paper listed 12 principles to guide deaf education, all of which center around the view that instruction of deaf children should be conducted in a natural sign language (basically American Sign Language). Five panel members then respond to the paper, including David M. Denton, Gerilee Gustason, Carol Padden, David S. Martin, and Roberta Thomas. Responses address such issues as the use of Total Communication, Signing Exact English, mainstreaming, teachers' signing skills, and low expectations for students with deafness. Questions from the audience are then presented, with answers from the panel. (JDD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Access to Education, American Sign Language, Classroom Communication, Deafness, Educational Principles, Elementary Secondary Education, Mainstreaming, Opinions, Sign Language, Teaching Methods
Scientific Communications Program, Gallaudet Research Institute, Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Ave., N.E., Washington, DC 20002.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Gallaudet Research Inst., Washington, DC.
Note: For the paper, "Unlocking the Curriculum: Principles for Achieving Access in Deaf Education," see ED 316 978.