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ERIC Number: EJ791221
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-1464-3154
Narrative Structure and Narrative Development in Deaf Children
Rathmann, Christian; Mann, Wolfgang; Morgan, Gary
Deafness and Education International, v9 n4 p187-196 Dec 2007
Researchers, the Deaf community, teachers of deaf children and speech and language therapists all share a concern about how to improve deaf children's written language skills. One part of literacy is story writing or narrative. A finding from a small number of studies is that children exposed to sign language from early childhood onwards achieve the highest level of bilingualism and become skilled readers and writers (Hoffmeister, 2000; Morgan, 2005). Potential contributing factors may include first language transfer, meta-linguistic awareness, cognitive readiness, motivation, parental interaction and emotional well-being. This paper reviews the first three contributing factors and outlines the theoretical case for bilingual narrative activities in deaf children.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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