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The use of signed English pictures to facilitate reading comprehension by deaf students.
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PMID:  9351303     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Many deaf students have severe difficulty acquiring literacy and developing reading comprehension beyond an elementary school level. This difficulty apparently results from a combination of perceptual, communication, instructional, linguistic, and experiential deficits. Although some deaf students develop a degree of signed English proficiency, this does not necessarily translate into reading proficiency. Recent studies examining the possible association between signed English pictures and comprehension of printed text present some support for facilitation of students' word recognition in a format combining those two elements. Whether this format enhances comprehension remains unclear from previous studies. The present study, involving 16 severely or profoundly deaf students across two reading-proficiency groups, examined whether the use of signed English pictures in association with printed text enhances students' reading comprehension. The study found that comprehension was significantly enhanced by the use of signed English reading books, with poorer readers deriving greater benefit than better readers. Practical implications of the findings are discussed.
T Wilson; M Hyde
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American annals of the deaf     Volume:  142     ISSN:  0002-726X     ISO Abbreviation:  Am Ann Deaf     Publication Date:  1997 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-01-12     Completed Date:  1998-01-12     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0414670     Medline TA:  Am Ann Deaf     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  333-41     Citation Subset:  IM    
Centre for Deafness Studies and Research, Faculty of Education, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Hearing Impaired Persons / education*
Photic Stimulation*
Sign Language*

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