ERIC Number: ED442218
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jan-26
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of Four African-American Families Reading to Their Young Deaf Children (1996-1997). Final Report [for Student-Initiated Research Project].
Andrews, Jean; Smith, Zanthia
This paper reports on a case study of four African American hearing parents who participated in an intervention project involving reading story books to their deaf/hard-of-hearing (hh) young children. The study included the utilization of: (1) research-based literacy strategies for both hearing and deaf/hh children; (2) African-American cultural role models and mentors, both hearing and hearing impaired; (3) cultural books featuring African-American characters and themes; and (4) American Sign Language for communication purposes. Parent training sessions were in the parents' homes and included videotaping the parent reading/signing to their child and provision of feedback to parents based on a checklist of desirable literacy strategies. Among results of the intervention were the following: parents learned to modify reading strategies to fit the specific literacy needs of their deaf/hh child; parents began utilizing sign language more for daily communication; parents were exposed to African-American deaf culture and deaf culture in general; and the children were provided with a strong literacy model (their parent). (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Lamar Univ., Beaumont, TX.