The communication skills used by deaf children and their hearing peers in a question-and-answer game context

Toe, Dianne and Paatsch, Louise 2010, The communication skills used by deaf children and their hearing peers in a question-and-answer game context, Journal of deaf studies and deaf education, vol. 15, no. 3, Summer, pp. 228-241.

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Title The communication skills used by deaf children and their hearing peers in a question-and-answer game context
Author(s) Toe, Dianne
Paatsch, Louise
Journal name Journal of deaf studies and deaf education
Volume number 15
Issue number 3
Season Summer
Start page 228
End page 241
Total pages 14
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Cary, N. C.
Publication date 2010
ISSN 1081-4159
1465-7325
Summary Communication is frequently characterized by a sequence of questions and answers. Little is known about how well students who are deaf or hard of hearing (deaf/HH) understand their hearing classmates in the context of an inclusive setting. This study explored the communication skills used by deaf/HH children when asking and answering questions in a “trivia” game with their hearing peers. Thirty-four children with normal hearing and 34 children with a hearing loss ranging from mild to profound (>90 dB HL) participated in this study. Each of the 34 dyads included 1 child with normal hearing and 1 child with hearing loss, matched by gender and grade level at school. Dyads were videotaped and analyzed. Pairs were compared in terms of their capacity to repeat the question, strategies used to seek information, and accuracy of responses. Results showed that the group of hearing children was able to repeat more questions verbatim compared to the deaf/HH children. The deaf/HH group required a significantly greater number of repetitions, sought a greater number of general clarifications, and correctly answered more questions compared with the group of hearing children. The implications of these findings are discussed in terms of peer communication and pragmatic skill development.
Language eng
Field of Research 130312 Special Education and Disability
Socio Economic Objective 939907 Special Needs Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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