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How Deaf Children Learn: What Parents and Teachers Need to Know [Hardcover]

Marc Marschark , Peter C. Hauser

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Oct. 26 2011 0195389751 978-0195389753 1
How can parents and teachers most effectively support the language development and academic success of deaf and hard-of-hearing children? Will using sign language interfere with learning spoken language? Should deaf children be placed in classrooms with hearing children? Are traditional methods of teaching subjects such as reading and math to hearing children appropriate for deaf learners? As many parents and teachers will attest, questions like these have no easy answers, and it can bedifficult for caring adults to separate science from politics and fact from opinion in order to make informed decisions about how to help deaf children learn.

In this invaluable guide, renowned authorities Marc Marschark and Peter Hauser highlight important new advances in scientific and educational research that can help parents and teachers of students with significant hearing loss. The authors stress that deaf children have strengths and needs that are sometimes very different from those who can hear. Consequently, if deaf students are to have full academic access and optimal educational outcomes, it is essential that parents and teachers learn to recognize these differences and adjust their teaching methods to them. Marschark and Hauser explain how the fruits of research conducted over the last several years can markedly improve educational practices at home and in the classroom, and they offer innovative strategies that parents and teachers can use to promote learning in their children. The result is a lively, accessible volume that sheds light on what it means to be a deaf learner and that provides a wealth of advice on how we can best support their language development, social skills, and academic success.

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"After reading this book, parents who may be feeling inadequate about their parenting skills or fearful about providing a good education for their deaf or hard-of-hearing child should be more at ease, and teachers will gain insight into the complexities involved in deaf education and be better equipped to teach these children." - Library Journal

"Using common terminology and drawing upon years of clinical experience, the authors dispel a number of myths regarding what is "best" or "impractical" for the education of deaf children. Rather, they offer basic guidelines for parents and teachers who live and work with these children on a day-to-day basis.The authors also present specific recommendations for academic instruction in the general classroom for teachers and families of deaf children. Summing Up: Highly recommended. General readers and professionals." -- J. D. Neal, University of Central Missouri

"How Deaf Children Learn represents an excellent beginning step in understanding deaf
children, their learning, and most beneficial educational situations. Despite its specificity,
the book can have multiple uses within the psychological community-- primarily as an
introduction for parents who are a clinician's clients, for students in teacher education
programs, for teachers of general education as well as special education, and within special
education programs. Quick, eminently readable, and realistic, it is a book from which
readers will absorb a great deal of valuable information. As a professional in the field of
special education, I wish there were a book like this covering each disability!" -- Cynthia C. Siebel, PsycCRITIQUES

About the Author

Marc Marschark is a Professor at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, where he is Director of the Center for Education Research Partnerships. He has written or edited over 20 books and published over 100 articles and chapters. His current research focuses on relations of language and learning by deaf children and adults in formal and informal educational settings. Peter C. Hauser is an Associate Professor at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. A deaf clinical neuropsychologist, he is the director of the Deaf Studies Laboratory (DSL) where he supervises deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing students who obtain hands-on experience developing, running, and analyzing experimental psychological studies.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A "Must Read" for professionals, educators and parents connected to the world of Deafness Aug. 3 2013
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It is a breath of fresh air to read a book dealing with the education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing children based on research instead of dogma, habits, fanaticism, or just simply "personal beliefs." Who ever it was that encouraged these authors to re-write their research conclusions in a manner that parents and teachers can understand, deserves a medal. As do the authors themselves. Without a doubt, even more research needs to be done in this field, but the authors clearly reveal where conclusions cannot be made until that research is attempted, yet suggest what makes sense based on the research available. As a teacher who has been working with the deaf for over 30 years, I am finding that this book supports many things I have come to believe over the course of my career, and shines a light on new findings in a way I can not only understand, but can take a hold of and bring into my practice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clarifies the Misconceptions Well. Aug. 23 2012
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8/12: Well, How Deaf Children Learn is as neutral as it gets when it comes to the presentment of evidence based information in terms of what's best for the deaf children. It is actually a nice treatment, but if you are going to find answers, chances are you will end up feeling disappointed or nonplused. I am actually glad to see that neither signing nor speaking is better than one another. Both have their uses, and both serve their purposes very well. But to think one without the other, it's impossible. It helps to have both in the arsenal, and I should know. The authors came very, very close to settling a question but didn't. This is a new research proposal. As I have a lot of experience across the board no matter what placement, this is how I feel: deaf children who only sign and live primarily in the deaf community tend to have ADHD traits, and deaf children who either rely on simcom or are strongly oral living primarily in the hearing world tend to have the traits of Asperger's syndrome. The behaviors are discernable and have a lot of similarities with the respective disorders. Now, my question is: does the deafness mold the traits or are they inherent regardless of the deafness? This is something that will be very interesting. There is a statement in the book that "there is no evidence, however, to support claims that television captions, texting, and the Internet improve deaf students' reading." I'll agree with it to a certain extent. Closed captions is the primarily reason why I initially got good in reading, and then of course, my reading level will plateau if I stayed with it only instead of branching out like reading classics, etc. But still, I must say that there are positives in closed captions. My biggest agreement with the chief message of the entire book is that parental involvement does make the most difference in making or breaking the deaf child's future. That I can attest and back it up. On the other hand, I can never believe how a seemingly normal person who happens to be deaf can be so saddled with 3rd to 4th grade reading, mathematics, and writing levels coming out of high school. I've met so many who are just the perfect model of my description. Then again, the fluency of language is the reason why. Although the challenges of schooling from preschool to high school remain tough for the deaf population, I have to say that the transition from school to real life is much tougher because jobs are there but no willing employers taking the chance. All in all, How Deaf Children Learn addresses most of the crucial issues, settles them, and offers perspectives but doesn't solve the dilemma.

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