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Powell, Denise; Boon, Anita; Luckner, John – Deafness & Education International, 2019
One of the most important achievements individuals accomplish is the development of a first language. However, many students who are deaf who use sign language to communicate struggle to become fluent in sign. One factor that hinders their language development is the fact that most of the adults they interact with do not sign well. The purpose of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Sign Language, Teacher Competencies, Deafness
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Powell, Denise; Hyde, Merv – Deafness and Education International, 2014
Over the past 150 years in New Zealand, education of deaf and hearing impaired children has undergone a series of transformations. These have included shifts in the underlying philosophies and pedagogies, as well as modifications to how schools and deaf and hearing-impaired students are funded and supported. This article provides an overview of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Deafness, Hearing Impairments, Educational Philosophy
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Komesaroff, Linda R.; McLean, Margaret A. – Deafness and Education International, 2006
Australia and New Zealand are two South Pacific nations with a shared history of British colonisation and close links maintained through kinship, travel, shared media and business relationships. Our public education systems also reflect a shared history of educational ideas and responses to the challenges of increasingly heterogeneous populations.…
Descriptors: Sign Language, Deafness, Foreign Countries, Classroom Environment