Susan Gregory, editor of the history sections of the BATOD website writes:
The next topic for the website is literacy and deaf children, possibly one of the most researched topics in deaf education reflecting the importance of being able to read for the deaf child. The study of Conrad looking at deaf school leavers, published in 1979, is a classic in this area. Much research has demonstrated that for deaf pupils, literacy has been a problem and many have not even achieved a reading level that would enable them to read a popular daily paper. However, some would now argue that cochlear implants and the new technology are changing that.
Research has also looked at the early stages of literacy development, preschool children’s experience of stories and looking at picture books. The strategies used by deaf and hearing mothers have been compared.
One of the issues facing educators in deaf education has been the introduction of compulsory government schemes and assessment designed to improve children’s reading, which may or may not be appropriate for deaf children. It is interesting to consider how these have been implemented and with what success?
If you have experience in teaching reading either recently or in the past, or ideas about what happened then or now please get in touch. Personal experiences are a valuable part of the website and give powerful insight into how deaf education has developed. This material needs to be submitted by the end of June but I am very happy to discuss possible contributions before you commit to writing anything.
The history section of the website is here: https://www.batod.org.uk/information-category/history-of-deaf-education/
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