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Research Methods in Studying Reading and Literacy Development in Deaf Children Who Sign

Kyle, F. E. (2015). Research Methods in Studying Reading and Literacy Development in Deaf Children Who Sign. In: Orfanidou, E., Woll, B. & Morgan, G. (Eds.), Research Methods in Sign Language Studies: A Practical Guide. (pp. 300-318). John Wiley & Sons. doi: 10.1002/9781118346013.ch16


This chapter discusses research concerning deaf individual’s reading and spelling development, with a focus on collecting literacy data from deaf children and adolescents. I will begin by presenting an overview of what we know about reading development in deaf individuals covering topics such as: What are the reading achievements of deaf children? How do deaf children learn to read? Do they learn to read in a similar way to hearing children? This will be followed by a more detailed discussion of the different types of methodologies that have been used to conduct literacy research with deaf children, highlighting important findings. Lastly I will describe some of the issues involved with researching literacy development in deaf children who sign and potential ways of dealing with these issues.

Publication Type: Book Section
Publisher Keywords: deaf children; deaf individuals; literacy development; reading skills
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Language & Communication Science
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