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ERIC Number: ED406785
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Relationship between ASL Skill and English Literacy.
Strong, Michael; Prinz, Philip
This paper describes the first three stages of a 4-year study whose purpose is to examine the relationship between American Sign Language (ASL) and English literacy among 160 residential school children (ages 8-15) who are deaf. In the first stage, test instruments were developed, data collection procedures refined, sampling procedures planned, and a small subsample of subjects were tested. In the second stage, the relationship between ASL competence and English literacy was examined. A component of this part of the study was whether the children with hearing impairments who have deaf parents outperform children with hearing impairments who have hearing parents in ASL skills and English literacy. The third stage examined whether changes in ASL ability are related to changes in English literacy skills over a 12-month period. Results found that: (1) high ASL groups significantly outscored medium and low groups in English literacy; (2) students with mothers who were deaf scored significantly higher than students with hearing mothers in tests of English literacy and ASL; and (3) subjects showed a small but statistically insignificant correlation between ASL improvement and English literacy improvement after 1 year. (CR)
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.