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Nursery School and Deaf Caregivers

Dianne Morgan, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Education, Germantown

March 1, 2006 - Dr. Dianne Morgan & J.L. Singleton presented at the American College Educators of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado. Their session was entitled "Engagement Behaviors and Language Use in a Nursery School Setting by a Deaf Teacher and Aide."

The researchers present the language and visually based practices used by a Deaf teacher and Deaf aide to engage nursery deaf children in learning. Particular practices were found to come from the teacher's and aide's own experiences. However, the language practices used to facilitate joint attention were compared with preschool Deaf Teachers' language practices used for the same purposes. The nursery school Deaf teacher and aide used more statements that follow into the interests of the deaf children whereas the preschool Deaf teachers used more questions that follow into the children's interests. The researchers posit the variations in practice reflect an awareness of children's language developmental differences that promote meaningful understanding. (February, 2006)

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