ERIC Number: ED395407
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of a Speech-to-Print Transcription System as a Resource for Mainstreamed Deaf Students.
Everhart, Vicki; And Others
This paper describes and evaluates the National Technical Institute for the Deaf's (New York) Computer-Aided Transcription System (C-Print), a computer-aided system for transcribing speech to print in the college classroom. The system involves a hearing operator/transcriber typing the words of the teacher and students as they are spoken. A real-time text display is available for the deaf student to follow on a laptop computer or a television monitor. In addition, the text file is stored in the computer and can be edited, printed, and distributed later to students, tutors, and instructors. To accommodate the gap between speech and transcription speeds, the system uses both a computerized abbreviation system and text condensing strategies. Deaf or hard-of-hearing college students (N=19) who received C-Print services in mainstream classes provided feedback through questionnaires and interviews. Students perceived the system as providing very thorough information by capturing nearly all important details of a class and by giving this information permanence in a manageable file or print form. Most students preferred C-Print to using notetakers and interpreters, since both notetakers and interpreters are forced to summarize information rather than providing it verbatim. Five figures presenting the data are appended. (PB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Technical Inst. for the Deaf, Rochester, NY.