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ERIC Number: EJ1115422
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Sep
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
Acoustics for the Deaf: Can You See Me Now?
Vongsawad, Cameron T.; Berardi, Mark L.; Neilsen, Tracianne B.; Gee, Kent L.; Whiting, Jennifer K.; Lawler, M. Jeannette
Physics Teacher, v54 n6 p369-371 Sep 2016
Although acoustics examples and demonstrations can be an effective tool for engaging students in introductory physics classes and outreach, teaching principles of sound and vibration to the deaf and hard of hearing needs to be approached carefully. The deaf and hard of hearing have less intuition with sound but are no strangers to some of the effects of pressure, vibrations, and other basic principles that are related to sound. We recently expanded our "Sounds to Astound" outreach program and developed an acoustics demonstration program for 80 visiting deaf students mostly between the ages of 13 and 18. Both this experience, which had a "See and Feel" approach, similar to what was proposed by Lang, and a specialized planetarium program helped reinforce for the students the opportunities that exist for them in higher education. This paper describes some of the pedagogical underpinnings, the demonstrations, their implementation and lessons learned, and student responses.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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