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ERIC Number: ED406776
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
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Results of a National Survey of Reading Instruction for Deaf Students.
LaSasso, Carol J.; Mobley, Robert T.
A national survey of programs (N=798) for deaf students examined: (1) the organizational frameworks (theoretical or methodological) that programs use for reading instruction; (2) the extent to which "Reading Milestones," a basal series developed for deaf/hard-of-hearing (d/hh) students is used; (3) respondents' satisfaction with "Reading Milestones"; and (4) use of standardized tests and portfolios with d/hh students. Usable responses were received from 267 programs, representing 13,598 d/hh students. Among major findings were the following: 72 percent of programs (compared to 81 percent in a similar 1987 survey) reported use of basal readers; smaller percentages of programs cited use of basals as the primary method of reading instruction; compared to the earlier survey, a greater proportion of programs using basal readers were using "Reading Milestones." Most programs using "Reading Milestones" reported they did so not because of their experience of the material's effectiveness but because it had been developed specifically for this population. A greater number of specific aspects of "Reading Milestones" were rated as weaknesses than in the earlier survey, despite the finding that the vast majority of programs indicated they were satisfied with the series. Additionally, more than 80 percent of respondents characterized their programs as incorporating a whole language approach. Twenty-six percent of respondents indicated that portfolios were the most useful indicator of reading achievement. (DB)
Descriptors: Basal Reading, Deafness, Elementary Secondary Education, Hearing Impairments, Instructional Material Evaluation, National Surveys, Portfolio Assessment, Questionnaires, Reading Instruction, Reading Materials, Reading Programs, Standardized Tests, Teacher Attitudes, Whole Language Approach
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Windows - 97 on the New Standards. Monograph of Collected Papers from the Annual Conference of the Association of College Educators - Deaf and Hard of Hearing (23rd, Santa Fe, NM, March 7-10, 1997); see EC 305 461.