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ERIC Number: EJ854124
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1081-4159
The Relationship between the Reading and Signing Skills of Deaf Children in Bilingual Education Programs
Hermans, Daan; Knoors, Harry; Ormel, Ellen; Verhoeven, Ludo
Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, v13 n4 p518-530 Fall 2008
This paper reports on one experiment in which we investigated the relationship between reading and signing skills. We administered a vocabulary task and a story comprehension task in Sign Language of the Netherlands and in written Dutch to a group of 87 deaf children from bilingual education programs. We found a strong and positive correlation between the scores obtained in the sign vocabulary task and the reading vocabulary task when age, short-term memory scores, and nonverbal intelligence scores were controlled for. In addition, a correlation was observed between the scores in the story comprehension tasks in Sign Language of the Netherlands and written Dutch but only when vocabulary scores for words and signs were not taken into account. The results are briefly discussed with reference to a model we recently proposed to describe lexical development for deaf children in bilingual education programs (Hermans, D., Knoors, H., Ormel, E., & Verhoeven, L., 2008). In addition, the implications of the results of the present study for previous studies on the relationship between reading and signing skills are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands