ERIC Number: EJ1071359
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 100
Increasing Children's ASL Classifier Production: A Multicomponent Intervention
Beal-Alvarez, Jennifer S.; Easterbrooks, Susan R.
American Annals of the Deaf, v158 n3 p311-333 2013
The Authors examined classifier production during narrative retells by 10 deaf and hard of hearing students in grades 2-4 at a day school for the deaf following a 6-week intervention of repeated viewings of stories in American Sign Language (ASL) paired with scripted teacher mediation. Classifier production, documented through a multiple-baseline-across-participants design, was followed by visual analysis and calculation of the percentage of non-overlapping data (). Following the intervention, most students increased specific elements within their classifier production during narrative retells of stories they had watched and showed improved performance from pre- to postintervention measures. Picture support and fading of teacher mediation during retells variably affected classifier production. The results suggest that students may benefit from tailored intervention, including repeated viewings of ASL models paired with teacher mediation and possibly picture support, to increase classifier production during narrative retells.
Descriptors: American Sign Language, Form Classes (Languages), Pictorial Stimuli, Story Telling, Deafness, Elementary School Students, Intervention, Hearing Impairments, Teaching Methods, Nouns, Phrase Structure, Language Tests, Expressive Language, Receptive Language, Scripts, Vocabulary Skills, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Expressive One Word Picture Vocabulary Test; Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test