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ERIC Number: ED576717
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 295
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3697-3601-4
An Examination of Home, School, and Community Experiences of High-Achieving Deaf Adults
Tanner, Kara Kunst
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Western Connecticut State University
This qualitative study investigated the academic, community, and family experiences of adults who are profoundly deaf. The deaf adults were categorized as high-achieving by having attended college post-high school. The intent of this study is to give teachers, parents, and other deaf students, insight into the factors responsible for contributing to the deaf adult becoming high-achieving. This multiple case study design involved a sample of three profoundly deaf adults. Additionally, each deaf adult participant recommended one parent and one educator to participate in the study. The deaf adults, parents, and teachers each completed an individual demographic survey and participated in an individual semi-structured interview. The transcripts from the interviews were coded, to reveal underlying themes. The following five themes emerged: (a) obtaining resources, (b) acquiring communication, (c) garnering strengths, (d) determining educational placement, and (e) planning for the future. Implications and recommendations for deaf individuals, parents, as well as educators and school systems were developed. Some of the implications from the study were: (a) If deaf individuals acquire self-advocacy skills, then they will have the ability to navigate in the hearing and deaf worlds; (b) if deaf individuals become involved in the deaf community, then they will have a stronger personal identity; and (c) if deaf individuals utilize multiple ways to acquire information, then they will enhance their academic outcomes. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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