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The need for an assessment of deaf children's signing skills

Herman, R. (1998). The need for an assessment of deaf children's signing skills. Deafness & Eduction International, 22(3), pp. 3-8.


A questionnaire was distributed to education services in the UK where British Sign Language (BSL) is used. Questions were asked about communication policies, current assessment methods and perceived assessment needs. The results of the survey suggest that a comprehensive range of aspects of children's signing are recognised as requiring assessment, but that there is a general lack of agreement on which aspects are routinely assessed and how this should be done. The need for a more standard assessment protocol to be developed is discussed. This survey was carried out in the early stages of a project to develop and standardise an assessment of BSL, based at City University, London.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Deafness and Education in Oct 1998, details available online:
Subjects: R Medicine
R Medicine > RF Otorhinolaryngology
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences
[thumbnail of SL asst paper final version 1998a.pdf]
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