ERIC Number: ED377666
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Deaf Children's Development in a Temporal Perspective: Academic Achievement Levels and Social Processes. Reprints and Miniprints, No. 817.
This report summarizes two studies which documented the development of prelingually deaf children (N=4, N=40) in Sweden exposed to sign communication during preschool years. The first study involved analysis of video recordings, forming a qualitative description of social strategies used by four children with different social positions in the peer group. The second study compared results from a comprehensive testing program with 15-year-old subjects who had the early sign language exposure with previous results on orally trained deaf students. Results from both studies support the importance of easily accessible communication, i.e., a visual/gestural language mode, to social as well as intellectual development in deaf children. The study of social strategies found increasing importance of sign language. The structure and dynamic development of a group of children also had a great impact on an individual child's chances of success. The deaf eighth graders with early sign language showed superior achievement, particularly in understanding and use of written Swedish, but also in numerical and mathematical tests. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Lund Univ., Malmo (Sweden). Dept. of Educational and Psychological Research.
Identifiers - Location: Sweden