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A Review of Evidence-Based Literacy Research with Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing



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Literacy Deaf Hard of Hearing Running head LITERACY DEAF HARD OF HEARING A Review of Evidence Based Literacy Research with Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing John L Luckner Ed D National Center on Low Incidence Disabilities Ann M Sebald Ed D National Center on Low Incidence Disabilities John Cooney Ph D University of Northern Colorado John Young III Doctoral Candidate University of Northern Colorado Sheryl Goodwin Muir Ed D Colorado Department of Education 1 Literacy Deaf Hard of Hearing 2 Abstract The ability to read and write for a variety of purposes is essential for succeeding in school and in our contemporary society Recent legislation requires educators to focus on literacy and to implement reading instruction based upon Scientifically Based Research The purpose of this investigation was to conduct an exhaustive review of the literature and a meta analysis of literacy research in the field of deaf education Results include a summary table of the studies included in the review In addition it is noted that there is a paucity of well designed group studies as well as no systematic replication of studies to establish evidenced based practices Consequently it is suggested that most of the commonly used approaches in the field of deaf education have been established by tradition and anecdotal reports Recommendations include a proposed model of literacy instruction for students who are deaf or hard of hearing suggested steps for examining the efficacy of that model and a request to increase the quantity and improve the quality of research in the field Literacy Deaf Hard of Hearing 3 Literacy skills are essential for succeeding in our contemporary technological society Everyday examples include accessing the Internet or messages via e mail reading instructional manuals for the workplace for computers for cars following directions at work for travel or for taking medications and for leisure activities such as reading the newspaper or enjoying a magazine or a book



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