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ERIC Number: EJ1093204
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0574
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.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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