ERIC Number: EJ1093204
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Publication Date: 2016
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Deaf Students as a Linguistic and Cultural Minority: Shifting Perspectives and Implications for Teaching and Learning
Higgins, Michael; Lieberman, Amy M.
Journal of Education, v196 n1 p9-18 2016
Deaf children have traditionally been perceived and educated as a special needs population. Over the past several decades, many factors have converged to enable a shift in perspective to one in which deaf children are viewed as a cultural and linguistic minority, and the education of deaf children is approached from a bilingual framework. This article presents the historical context in which such shifts have occurred; describes the linguistic, social, and cultural factors that shape a bilingual approach to deaf education; and suggests the implications of a linguistic and cultural minority perspective on deaf children's language development as well as for teacher preparation and educational policy.
Descriptors: Deafness, Student Needs, Language Minorities, Cultural Differences, Teaching Methods, Bilingualism, Social Influences, Cultural Influences, Language Acquisition, Linguistics
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