ERIC Number: EJ743806
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Discrete Mathematics in Deaf Education: A Survey of Teachers' Knowledge and Use
Pagliaro, C.; Kritzer, K. L.
American Annals of the Deaf, v150 n3 p251-259 2005
The study documents what deaf education teachers know about discrete mathematics topics and determines if these topics are present in the mathematics curriculum. Survey data were collected from 290 mathematics teachers at center and public school programs serving a minimum of 120 students with hearing loss, grades K-8 or K-12, in the United States. Findings indicate that deaf education teachers are familiar with many discrete mathematics topics but do not include them in instruction because they consider the concepts too complicated for their students. Also, regardless of familiarity level, deaf education teachers are not familiar with discrete mathematics terminology; nor is their mathematics teaching structured to provide opportunities to apply the real-world--oriented activities used in discrete mathematics instruction. Findings emphasize the need for higher expectations of students with hearing loss, and for reform in mathematics curriculum and instruction within deaf education. (Contains 5 tables.)
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Deafness, Teacher Surveys, Teacher Characteristics, Special Education Teachers, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Partial Hearing, Data Collection
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States