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Deaf Teachers' Engagement Practice

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

March 17, 2005 - "Deaf Teachers' Engagement Practices" was the title of Dr. Dianne Morgan's session at the American College Educators of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Annual Conference, in Banff, Canada.

Over 90% of deaf children are born to hearing parents. This mismatch in communication as described by the Community of Practice model creates partial participation at best or marginal participation at worst. The researcher presents visually based practices that preschool Deaf teachers use to promote joint attention and engagement of deaf children in the meaning making in their classroom community. The teachers' beliefs underlying those practices are also described. The researcher also presents the structure and function of the language the teachers used in order to understand how they linguistically bridge to the students. (February, 2005)

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