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The mathematical and science skills of students who are deaf or hard of hearing educated in inclusive settings

Vosganoff, D., Paatsch, L. E., Toe, D. M.,

Academic Literature

2011

This study examined the science and mathematics achievements of 16 Year 9 students with hearing loss in an inclusive high-school setting in Western Australia. Results from mathematics and science assessments showed that the majority of students with hearing loss performed below the state average (88%). Findings in this study suggest that students with hearing loss demonstrated more mathematical strength in the areas of space and measurement, which use visuo-spatial skills. Results further suggest a strong relationship between reading and writing skills and performance on mathematics and science assessment. In particular, questions with high language content created difficulty. On the science assessment, questions requiring a written explanation appeared to be particularly challenging. These findings have implications for teaching and learning in these crucial areas for students with hearing loss in inclusive secondary school settings.

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Journal/Publication : Deafness & Education International

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Education

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