ERIC Number: EJ1180212
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
University Students' Attitudes towards Deaf People: Educational Implications for the Future
Lee, ChongMin; Pott, Scot A.
Deafness & Education International, v20 n2 p80-99 2018
Although the attitudes of hearing people towards deaf people have been studied for several years, most of these studies have focused on medical professionals or children in K-12 classrooms. Limited research has examined the attitudes of hearing university students towards deaf people in sign language courses. This study aimed to investigate and compare the attitudes among university students enrolled in ASL courses and a Deaf culture course and to identify other factors that affected their attitudes towards deaf people. A basic demographic survey and two questionnaires related to perspectives and attitudes were obtained from 98 university students attending a southeastern American university. Overall, the results indicated that students enrolled in a Deaf culture course reported a greater understanding of Deaf culture than those enrolled in ASL courses. In addition to course type, academic major and reasons for taking the ASL courses were identified as factors that affect attitudes towards deaf people. Students who take an ASL course to satisfy their modern language credit showed more negative perspective and attitudes towards deaf people than those who took the course for the program requirement. The findings suggest exposure to Deaf culture and deaf people within the ASL curriculum may promote positive attitudes and better cultural understanding towards deaf people who eventually become professional colleagues.
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Deafness, Sign Language, College Students, Attitudes toward Disabilities, Demography, Student Surveys, Questionnaires, Performance Factors, Opinions, Correlation, Rating Scales, Statistical Analysis
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Education Level: Higher Education
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