ERIC Number: ED450534
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Sep-30
Critical Pedagogy in Deaf Education: Teachers' Reflections on Creating a Bilingual Classroom for Deaf Learners. Year 3 Report (1999-2000). USDLC Star Schools Project Report No. 3.
Nover, Stephen M.; Andrews, Jean F.
This report covers year 3 of a 5-year longitudinal study that is applying a bilingual language approach to development of American Sign Language (ASL) and English language and literacy skills in deaf learners. Specifically, the report describes how 45 teachers and mentors in five residential schools participated in inservice training on the use of bilingual and English as a Second Language (ESL) methodologies and practices with deaf children. Teachers kept written reflective logs as they participated in weekly seminars for 24 weeks. Conclusions of the project to date support a dual language developmental bilingual approach in ASL and English but do not support the mixing of languages as in a sign-supported speech environment. Implications of the project include increased use of bilingual and ESL methodologies in inservice teacher training and a closer attention to background variables of deaf students as they affect language learning. Conclusions also suggest that many public school programs are failing deaf students and exacerbating their language delays, that schools for the deaf need to reform their language teaching and learning environments, and that widespread mainstreaming of young deaf children without ASL and deaf culture support is not working. Six appendices provide teaching training syllabi, questionnaires, and other project related materials. (Contains 52 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: American Sign Language, Bilingual Education, Deafness, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Inclusive Schools, Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Language Acquisition, Longitudinal Studies, Mainstreaming, Postsecondary Education, Residential Schools, Teaching Methods
For full text: http://www.starschools.org/nmsd.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Western Illinois Univ., Macomb.; Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: New Mexico School for the Deaf, Santa Fe.
Note: For other project reports, see ED 426 568 and ED 438 634.