ERIC Number: EJ784755
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 0
The Signed Reading Fluency of Students Who Are Deaf/Hard of Hearing
Easterbrooks, Susan R.; Huston, Sandra G.
Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, v13 n1 p37-54 Win 2008
Reading fluency in deaf children whose primary mode of communication is visual, whether English-like or American Sign Language, is difficult to measure since most measures of fluency require a child to read aloud. This article opens the discussion of a new construct, namely, signed reading fluency (i.e., rendering of printed text in a visually fluent manner) in children with hearing loss whose primary means of expressive language includes some form of sign. Further, it describes the development of an assessment rubric to measure signed reading fluency. A comparison of fluency scores and scores on tests of vocabulary and text comprehension of 29 middle school students who attended a school for the deaf indicated that signed reading fluency, as defined and measured by this instrument, correlates highly both with word and passage comprehension.
Descriptors: Reading Fluency, Sign Language, Deafness, Scoring Rubrics, Middle School Students, Reading Comprehension, Reading Tests
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Middle Schools
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