ERIC Number: ED452789
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
A "National Research Agenda" for the Postsecondary Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students.
Schroedel, John G.; Ashmore, Donnell H.; Watson, Douglas
This paper informs researchers about a "National Research Agenda" that will be presented to the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services of the U.S. Department of Education to develop guidelines for coordinating and funding future research initiatives in the postsecondary training of deaf and hard of hearing students. The paper also solicits feedback from readers of the "Agenda" and aims to expand cross-disciplinary networking among professionals who might collaborate on applied research projects resulting from the Agenda. The federal government has had a long-standing role in funding postsecondary education for deaf students but has never developed a cohesive policy for supporting postsecondary education for these students. The need for a model theoretical framework to link future research studies has been recognized. Key unifying principles underlying the framework include: (1) a focus on outcomes; (2) common definitions of the target student populations; (3) linkages to established national goals for educating these students; (4) consistencies in data collection across different studies; and (5) integrating and coordinating these studies to ensure that their research objectives reinforce each other. The conceptual framework comprises student populations, on-campus support services and accommodations, and postsecondary living and learning environments. Effects of each of these research areas are related to programmatic outcomes that mirror national objectives in the postsecondary training of deaf and hard of hearing students. Some of the steps in the development of the research "Agenda" are outlined. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Seattle, WA, April 10-14, 2001).