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Language Approaches Used With Deaf Pupils in Scottish Schools: 2001–2004
Grimes, Marian; Thoutenhoofd, Ernst D.; Byrne, Delma
In this article we address ‘‘language approach’’ data as a key variable in quantitative, large-scale research on educational achievement, focusing on our work for the Achievements of Deaf Pupils in Scotland (ADPS) project. The complexity of approaches is addressed, with a particular focus on a ‘‘no-exclusion’’ model of service. In this context 3 years of language-related data are discussed, using constructions of language variables that take into account the variability in deaf pupils’ hearing loss levels, types of provision, and professional practice. We see this as a necessary first step toward offering a nuanced context for understanding patterns in the educational outcomes among the ADPS population to be reported in a later article. The ADPS data on language approach can reveal general patterns at macro levels: our analysis suggests that, in Scotland, the extent and quality of British Sign Language/English provision may be determined more by local factors than by linguistic requirements and that ostensibly responsive policies can mask a limited spectrum for pupils and their families. However, the ADPS data are insufficiently sensitive to detailed and local variations to reflect the full complexity of language situations over time—a situation which represents an ongoing challenge for all long-term, large-scale studies.
Keyword(s): Education; Language Approaches; Deaf; Pupils; Scotland; research; education
Publication Date:
2007
Type: Journal article
Peer-Reviewed: No
Institution: Maynooth University
Citation(s): Grimes, Marian and Thoutenhoofd, Ernst D. and Byrne, Delma (2007) Language Approaches Used With Deaf Pupils in Scottish Schools: 2001–2004. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education , 12 (4). pp. 530-551. ISSN 1081-4159
Publisher(s): Oxford University Press
File Format(s): application/pdf
Related Link(s): http://mural.maynoothuniversity.ie/4396/1/DB_Language_Approaches.pdf
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