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    Language Approaches Used With Deaf Pupils in Scottish Schools: 2001–2004

    Grimes, Marian and Thoutenhoofd, Ernst D. and Byrne, Delma (2007) Language Approaches Used With Deaf Pupils in Scottish Schools: 2001–2004. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education , 12 (4). pp. 530-551. ISSN 1081-4159

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    In this article we address ‘‘language approach’’ data as a key variable in quantitative, large-scale research on educational achievement, focusing on our work for the Achievements of Deaf Pupils in Scotland (ADPS) project. The complexity of approaches is addressed, with a particular focus on a ‘‘no-exclusion’’ model of service. In this context 3 years of language-related data are discussed, using constructions of language variables that take into account the variability in deaf pupils’ hearing loss levels, types of provision, and professional practice. We see this as a necessary first step toward offering a nuanced context for understanding patterns in the educational outcomes among the ADPS population to be reported in a later article. The ADPS data on language approach can reveal general patterns at macro levels: our analysis suggests that, in Scotland, the extent and quality of British Sign Language/English provision may be determined more by local factors than by linguistic requirements and that ostensibly responsive policies can mask a limited spectrum for pupils and their families. However, the ADPS data are insufficiently sensitive to detailed and local variations to reflect the full complexity of language situations over time—a situation which represents an ongoing challenge for all long-term, large-scale studies.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: The definitive published version of this article is available at doi:10.1093/deafed/enm026
    Keywords: Language Approaches; Deaf; Pupils; Scotland; research; education;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Education
    Item ID: 4396
    Depositing User: Delma Byrne
    Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2013 15:12
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    Refereed: No
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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