ERIC Number: ED390191
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jul-16
The Relation of Self-Image to Academic Placement and Achievement in Hearing-Impaired Students.
The relationship between self-image and academic placement and achievement was studied with 1,072 Colorado students (ages 5-20) with hearing impairments. It was found that students who are hearing impaired with good English language skills have a more positive self-image than those whose language skills are below average. The relation between language and communication skills and self-image changed with intensity of special education services. Self-image was significantly poorer in children receiving special services 1-2 hours daily compared to children either in more fully mainstreamed or in more intensive delivery service options. Also, level of hearing loss, mode of communication, and reading skill were significantly related to level of self-image. Results suggest that self-image of students with hearing impairments is related to the ability to communicate with peers. It is concluded that some students with hearing impairments with good communication skills can receive an appropriate education in the mainstream; however, it may not be appropriate for children who have low English-language skills to be placed in the mainstream classroom. Rather, such children may need an educational setting where they can communicate with peers at their same level and receive training in language skills. (Contains 23 references.) (SW)
Descriptors: Communication Skills, Delivery Systems, Elementary Secondary Education, Hearing Impairments, Language Skills, Mainstreaming, Peer Relationship, Self Concept, Student Placement
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the International Congress on Education of the Deaf (18th, Tel Aviv, Israel, July 16-20, 1995).