ERIC Number: EJ727719
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Education of Deaf Students in Spain: Legal and Educational Politics Developments
Fernandez-Viader, Maria del Pilar; Fuentes, Mariana
Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, v9 n3 p327-332 Sum 2004
This article examines the legal instruments and educational politics affecting deaf persons' educational rights in Spain. We present a historical view of deaf education in Spain before and after the Congress of Milan (1880) and then introduce educational legislation and practices in recent decades. At present, Spanish legislation is moving toward recognition of sign languages and the suitability of bilingual education for deaf students at all educational levels. This is a consequence of taking into account the low academic achievement of two generations of deaf students educated in a monolingual model. Bilingual projects are now run throughout Spain. We emphasize that efforts must be made in the legal sphere to regulate the way in which professionals who know sign language and Deaf culture--teachers, interpreters, deaf adult models--are incorporated in bilingual deaf schools.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Sign Language, Bilingual Education, Deafness, Educational Practices, Educational Policy, Politics of Education, Educational History, Educational Legislation, Academic Achievement, Student Rights, Compliance (Legal), Legal Responsibility
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Spain