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ERIC Number: EJ1128015
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1464-3154
Kindergarten Curriculum for Children with Hearing Impairments: Jordanian Teachers' Perspectives
Al-Zboon, Eman
Deafness & Education International, v18 n1 p38-46 2016
This study describes a kindergarten curriculum for children with hearing impairments, from their teachers' perspectives. Qualitative research data from interviews with 20 teachers were analysed using content analysis methodology. The results pinpoint a collection of proposed curriculum components (i.e. a general framework and outcomes document; textbooks for children, including on sign language; textbooks for teachers; and attached learning resources). Additionally, the results outline a set of characteristics of, and specifications for, a curriculum for children with hearing impairments related to content and formatting. For a curriculum for children with HIs, this study found that teachers did not rely on a single textbook but rather suggested a suite of resources. Participants also indicated the importance of improving a special outcomes document for children with HIs. Furthermore, the results pinpointed a set of characteristics related to content and formatting for a specialized curriculum. These characteristics are mainly: using functional subjects and skills, arranging letters by simplicity, exploiting students' strengths by using methods such as visual stimuli, and using technology. The data support the importance of developing targeted curricula that include specialized domains, such as auditory training, breathing practices, speech training, sign language, and finger-spelling.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Kindergarten; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Jordan
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