ERIC Number: EJ933360
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 57
A Cross-Cultural Study: Deaf Students in a Public Mainstream School Setting
Slobodzian, Jean T.
International Journal of Inclusive Education, v15 n6 p649-666 2011
The 1000 primary school students in this study included a minority population of nine deaf children. The underlying foundation of this mainstream environment allowed for accommodations, but only to the extent that the non-deaf majority was not overtly impacted. Explicit messages of equality and implicit notions of normal were often in conflict. Deaf students learned that acceptance was granted to those who complied with the mores of the majority. The author draws on current pedagogical theory and study findings to offer four principles that will help insure a more inclusive educational experience for deaf and non-deaf students as they are educated together: (1) care must be taken to understand the lived experience of all students; (2) consideration must be given to scheduling issues; (3) sign language interpreters must be provided for all curricular activities; and (4) all students should be acculturated in the dynamics and issues pertaining to a cross-cultural learning experience.
Descriptors: Deaf Interpreting, Sign Language, Deafness, Mainstreaming, Inclusion, Academic Accommodations (Disabilities), Equal Education, Social Attitudes, Student Experience, School Schedules, Acculturation, Student Adjustment, Ethnography, Grade 5, Elementary School Students, Cultural Influences, Interpersonal Communication, Educational Environment
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5
Authoring Institution: N/A