ERIC Number: EJ784760
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
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Mode of Acquisition as a Factor in Deaf Children's Reading Comprehension
Wauters, Loes N.; Tellings, Agnes E. J. M.; van Bon, Wim H. J.; Mak, Willem M.
Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, v13 n2 p175-192 Spr 2008
This article examines the role of mode of acquisition (MoA) of word meanings in reading comprehension: children acquire word meanings using perceptual information (e.g., hearing, seeing, or smelling the referent) and/or linguistic information (e.g., verbal explanations). A total of 72 deaf and 99 hearing children between 7 and 15 years of age performed a self-paced reading task. Comprehension scores increased with age in both groups, but reading speed increased over age only for the hearing participants. For both groups, reading times on linguistically acquired words were longer than on perceptually acquired words. Although deaf children scored lower than hearing children in both conditions, comprehension scores for both groups were lower on linguistic items than on perceptual items. Thus, MoA influences reading comprehension, but the deaf show difficulty on both the perceptual and the linguistic items.
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Deafness, Reading Rate, Perception, Verbal Communication, Children, Early Adolescents, Language Acquisition
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