ERIC Number: ED414676
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Educating Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: Residential Life, ASL, and Deaf Culture. ERIC Digest #558.
Gilliam, Judith; Easterbrooks, Susan
This digest uses a question-and-answer format to address some issues in the possible choice of a residential school for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The importance of the residential school experience in the context of Deaf culture is addressed, as are other issues such as characteristics of students attending residential schools and how the residential school helps a deaf individual become a member of the Deaf culture. Benefits of residential school placement are identified, including providing the student with a sense of belonging, ability to group students homogeneously, and exposure to deaf adults. Limitations of residential placement are also noted, such as separation from family and the mainstream culture, and a less rigorous curriculum. (DB)
Descriptors: American Sign Language, Deafness, Decision Making, Elementary Secondary Education, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Partial Hearing, Residential Schools, Social Integration, Special Schools, Student Placement
ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education, Council for Exceptional Children, 1920 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191-1589; toll-free telephone: 800-328-0272.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education, Reston, VA.