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ERIC Number: EJ794491
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-0892-4562
Hearing, Seeing, and Signing in Elementary Physical Education
Holland, Sara A.
Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, v20 n2 p17-21 Nov-Dec 2006
Educators now understand that new methods of representing and reproducing knowledge are emerging. Using only a single mode of communication to teach may limit a student's ability to engage in the topic and remember what is being taught. Sign language is a visual language and it is also kinesthetic--two traits that make it especially useful in physical education. Is there a future in educating hearing students with sign language? There is good reason to believe so. After all, American Sign Language (ASL) is now considered a foreign language at many top universities, and is the third most widely used language in the United States. Introducing sign language into an elementary physical education setting may seem daunting to the novice learner of sign language. Reynolds' (1995) article "Sign Language and Hearing in Preschoolers" which focuses on incorporating sign language into a preschool classroom can be very helpful. In this article, the author describes how she adapted Reynolds' five principles to serve as a basis for instruction to fit into a sign language physical education curriculum. (Contains 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States