ERIC Number: ED372548
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Mar-17
Promoting Successful Mainstream Experiences for Hearing-Impaired Elementary Students through Inservice Training, Peer Mentoring, and Pragmatics Groups.
This practicum attempted to promote teacher and student sensitivity to seven mainstreamed, oral, elementary school children with hearing impairments. It also aimed to promote more social interaction between students with impaired hearing and those with normal hearing and to effect a more comfortable transition from a special school to the mainstream school for hearing-impaired students. Inservice training was provided for teachers and normal hearing students concerning hearing loss and its communication correlates. In addition, parent support meetings were held, hearing "buddies" were provided for each hearing-impaired student, and a weekly pragmatics group was held for hearing-impaired students to allow them to practice the appropriate use of social language. Improvement was measured in pre- and post-tests administered to the normal-hearing students and their teachers. Although practicum goals were not achieved, social interactions between hearing-impaired and other students increased by 14 percent over initial observation. Appendices include student and teacher questionnaires, various forms used, and summaries of the three pragmatics groups. (Contains 27 references.) (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum Report, Nova University.