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Learning Diversity in the Chinese Classroom

Contexts and Practice for Students with Special Needs

Edited by Shane N. Phillipson

The book provides theoretical perspectives and practical examples of learning diversity in the Chinese classroom. It covers a range of topics, including students with motor disorders, communication and hearing impairment, giftedness, visual and perceptual difficulties, cognitive disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, counseling within the increasingly relevant context of inclusive education.

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Learning to See Invisible Children

Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Central Asia

Edited by Martyn Rouse and Kate Lapham

Contains six case studies that address a significant aspect or specific phenomenon in the local context of inclusive education or social inclusion in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan. The cases raise a number of questions relating to the purpose and nature of schooling, about who should have access to schools and how such access might be negotiated. These cases also ask questions about the respective roles of policy, parents, civic society, advocacy groups, professionals, NGOs, and government agencies. It considers how notions of disability are constructed in the region. In particular it looks at some of the ways in which the Soviet legacy of “defectology” still informs policy and practice today.

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Literacy and Deaf People

Cultural and Contextual Perspectives

Brenda Jo Brueggemann, Editor

This compelling collection advocates for an alternative view of deaf people’s literacy, one that emphasizes recent shifts in Deaf cultural identity rather than a student’s past educational context as determined by the dominant hearing society. Divided into two parts, the book opens with four chapters by leading scholars Tom Humphries, Claire Ramsey, Susan Burch, and volume editor Brenda Jo Brueggemann. These scholars use diverse disciplines to reveal how schools where deaf children are taught are the product of ideologies about teaching, about how deaf children learn, and about the relationship of ASL and English. Part Two features works by Elizabeth Engen and Trygg Engen; Tane Akamatsu and Ester Cole; Lillian Buffalo Tompkins; Sherman Wilcox and BoMee Corwin; and Kathleen M. Wood. The five chapters contributed by these noteworthy researchers offer various views on multicultural and bilingual literacy instruction for deaf students. Subjects range from a study of literacy in Norway, where Norwegian Sign Language recently became the first language of instruction for deaf pupils, to the difficulties faced by deaf immigrant and refugee children who confront institutional and cultural clashes. Other topics include the experiences of deaf adults who became bilingual in ASL and English, and the interaction of the pathological versus the cultural view of deafness. The final study examines literacy among Deaf college undergraduates as a way of determining how the current social institution of literacy translates for Deaf adults and how literacy can be extended to deaf people beyond the age of 20.

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A Young Australian’s Experience with Deafness

Paul Gordon Jacobs

Born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1974, Paul Jacobs lost his mother when he was three months old. When he was five, he lost most of his hearing. These two defining events formed the core of his being. He spent the first two decades of his life “coming to terms with being neither Deaf nor hearing — a neither/nor, an in-between — and a person with a social identity that had yet to be invented.” His memoir, Neither—Nor: A Young Australian’s Experience with Deafness, recounts this journey. Jacobs excelled in sports and the classroom, but he never lost awareness of how he was seen as different, often in cruel or patronizing ways. His father, a child psychologist, headed a long list of supportive people in his life, including his Uncle Brian, his itinerant teacher of the deaf Mrs. Carey, a gifted art teacher Mrs. Klein, who demanded and received from him first-rate work, a notetaker Rita, and Bella, his first girlfriend. Jacobs eventually attended university, where he graduated with honors. He also entered the Deaf world when he starred on the Deaf Australian World Cup cricket team. However, he never learned sign language, and frequently noted the lack of an adult role model for “neither—nors” such as himself. Still emotionally adrift in 1998, Jacobs toured Europe, then volunteered to tutor deaf residents at Court Grange College in Devon, England. There, he discovered a darker reality for some deaf individuals — hearing loss complicated by schizophrenia, Bonnevie-Ullrich Syndrome, and other conditions. After returning to Australia, Jacobs recognized what he had gleaned from his long journey: “Power comes from within, not without. Sure, deafness makes one prone to be stigmatized. Yet having a disability can act as a stimulus for greater personal growth, richer experiences, and more genuine relationships.”

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Parents and Their Deaf Children

The Early Years

Kathryn P. Meadow-Orlans, Donna M. Mertens, and Marilyn A. Sass-Lehrer,

To correct the paucity of information on deaf or hard of hearing children and their parents’ experiences with early intervention services, researchers explored these relationships as part of the National Parent Project. From this investigation, Parents and Their Deaf Children details the experiences of a group of parents and their deaf children from the first identification of the latter’s hearing loss through their early years in elementary school. Renowned scholars Kathryn Meadow-Orlans, Donna Mertens, and Marilyn Sass-Lehrer reveal here for the first time the goals and expectations of the parents, the children’s achievements and troubles, and the families’ satisfaction and disappointment with health and educational systems. Parents and their Deaf Children stems from a nationwide survey of parents with six-to-seven-year-old deaf or hard of hearing children, followed up by interviews with 80 parents. The authors not only discuss the parents’ communication choices for their children, but also provide how parents’ experiences differ, especially for those whose children are hard of hearing, have additional conditions, or have cochlear implants. Also, one chapter is devoted to families from minority cultures. The final section of this distinctive study offers solid advice for other parents of deaf children and also the professionals who serve them.

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Partners in Education

Issues and Trends from the 21st International Congress on the Education of the Deaf

Donald F. Moores, Editor

The 21st International Congress on the Education of the Deaf (ICED) witnessed revolutionary exchanges on the vital themes in education. Presenters addressed topics encompassing seven major strands: Educational Environments, Language and Literacy, Early Intervention, Unique Challenges in Developing Countries, Educating Learners with Diverse Needs, Technology in Education, and Sign Language and Deaf Culture. These presentations and ensuing dialogues raised many complex questions. Partners in Education: Issues and Trends from the 21st International Congress on the Education of the Deaf features all of the keynote addresses by renowned luminaries in deaf education: Breda Carty, Karen Ewing, Nassozi Kiyaga, John Luckner, Connie Mayer and Beverly Trezek, volume editor Donald F. Moores, Peter V. Paul, Antii Raike, Claudine Storbeck, James Tucker, and Alys Young. Most critically, the contributors to this collection explore the many multifaceted challenges facing the world’s deaf students. Deaf children are being diagnosed with overlays of disabilities; more deaf children are growing up in poverty; and many deaf children represent minority racial/ethnic groups or are immigrants to their country of residence. The situation for deaf individuals in the most impoverished countries of the world is desperate and of crisis proportions. This volume brings these themes to light through its exceptional synthesis of the outstanding discourse that took place at ICED 2010, including abstracts from 30 celebrated conference presentations.

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Psychological and Psychoeducational Assessment of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children and Adolescents

The obstacles to valid and meaningful assessment of deaf and hard of hearing children are great, yet psychologists, school psychologists, psychoeducational specialists, and other professionals regularly are asked to conduct comprehensive assessments of these children and adolescents to determine appropriate resource and program eligibility, test modifications in school, classroom and home recommendations, and referrals to other professionals. In this text, the authors define the skills required of the examiners, explain the complex nature of these assessments, and describe ways to intelligently utilize existing tests. They explain which tests need adapting and which can be administered as they were originally designed to ensure meaningful assessment of deaf and hard of hearing infants, toddlers, children, and adolescents. The text is organized into ten discrete chapters on such critical areas as test construction and measurement issues, the multiple diversity variables in American Deaf culture; the role of parents in the assessment process; neuropsychological assessments; nonverbal methods for assessing intelligence; the need for sign language competency when administering linguistically based measures of cognitive and language skills; tests of behavior and social-emotional functioning; and the role of language and communication in measuring academic achievement. The text concludes with recommendations for the development of valid and reliable tests for all students who are deaf and hard of hearing.

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Recherches sur les difficultés d'enseignement et d'apprentissage des mathématiques

Regard didactique

Les préoccupations du milieu scolaire quant aux difficultés d’apprentissage des mathématiques apparaissent grandissantes, comme en témoignent les demandes faites aux chercheurs par les services éducatifs des commissions scolaires et par le ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport. Si plusieurs des recommandations qui circulent sont influencées par des travaux en neuropsychologie et en psychologie cognitive, l’enseignement des mathématiques concerne d’abord le champ de la didactique des mathématiques. Cet ouvrage, réalisé par un groupe de chercheurs francophones majoritairement composé de didacticiens des mathématiques, s’articule autour de trois thèmes : 1) les conceptions et cadres théoriques sur lesquels s’appuient les recherches portant sur l’enseignement des mathématiques aux élèves en difficulté ; 2) la description de pratiques d’enseignement des mathématiques en classe spéciale ou auprès d’élèves en difficulté ainsi que les recommandations qui en découlent ; 3) la description d’expérimentations didactiques au regard des questions qui se posent en enseignement et des propositions didactiques qui sont envisagées pour y répondre. S’adressant aux didacticiens, aux formateurs et à ceux qui œuvrent directement auprès d’élèves en difficulté d’apprentissage des mathématiques au primaire et au secondaire, l’ouvrage met en relief des enjeux d’enseignement et d’apprentissage en présentant les résultats de recherche au regard des situations, des lieux de production d’un ensemble de stratégies et de raisonnements mathématiques.

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Shifting the Dialog, Shifting the Culture

Pathways to Successful Postsecondary Outcomes for Deaf Individuals

by Stephanie W. Cawthon and Carrie Lou Garberoglio

In this volume, Stephanie W. Cawthon and Carrie Lou Garberoglio discuss the individual and systemic factors that both facilitate and inhibit the attainment of postsecondary education, training, and career goals for deaf individuals. Real-life examples and current research are combined in this consideration of the interactions between individuals and the many layers of the overall system in which they navigate. In addition to using a systems theory approach, the authors employ resiliency models that emphasize how deaf individuals persist through the transition process amidst the barriers that reside within larger educational and social systems. Employment, independent living, and community involvement are a few of the postsecondary outcomes that are covered. Shifting the Dialog, Shifting the Culture addresses critical issues that influence how deaf individuals reach their postsecondary goals and is designed for a diverse audience that includes professionals who work (or are training to work) with deaf individuals, policy makers, as well as federal and state personnel. 

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Special Education in the 21st Century

Issues of Inclusion and Reform

Margret A. Winzer and Kas Mazurek, Editors

In the late 20th century, a tidal wave of calls for reform and inclusion of special needs students swept over public special education. The current debates over implementing these themes today are authoritatively addressed by 19 distinguished scholars in this thorough volume. Organized into three cohesive sections, it begins with the issues of educational reform and the emerging discourses of disability and integration in the inclusion movement. Respective chapters appraise specific arguments for inclusion and the federal legislation and litigation surrounding and supporting special education. The second part features the thorny issue of assessment, the technological revolution in special education, and the disposition of teacher training. The third section scrutinizes the inclusion of various populations of students with exceptional needs, particularly how teachers can make an easy transition from ideology to educational practice. Special Education in the 21st Century sets the standard for extrapolating future directions by wisely weighing classroom practices for different groups and the technical problems of resources, management, social groupings, instructional design, and the supposition that teachers will automatically change to accommodate an even greater diversity of learners.

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