ERIC Number: EJ727752
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Initiations of Social Interactions by Young Hearing Impaired Preschoolers
Weisel, Amatzia; Most, Tova; Efron, Clara
Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, v10 n2 p161-170 Spr 2005
This study examined strategies for initiating social interactions with peers, among 4 children with hearing impairment, aged 33 to 36 months, attending a special early education center or a regular kindergarten. The study investigated initiation type (related to partner's hearing status) and rates of initiation success/failure vis-a-vis hearing and deaf partners. Results revealed (a) more initiations in the regular program than in the special program; (b) in the special program, much more successful initiations toward children with hearing impairment than toward hearing children; (c) vocalization as the most frequent strategy used with both hearing and hearing-impaired partners; and (d) referential decisions about their initiations even among young children with hearing impairment (made by changing frequencies of various strategies according to partner's hearing status). The discussion addressed implications regarding integration of children with hearing impairment into regular educational settings.
Descriptors: Peer Relationship, Preschool Children, Hearing Impairments, Special Programs, Interaction, Comparative Analysis, Deafness, Mainstreaming, Oral Language, Verbal Communication
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
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