This capstone project focuses on developing a curriculum unit that deals specifically with Deafhood. The purpose of this curriculum development project is to help deaf students who transferred from mainstreamed schools to a school for the deaf, leam more about the DEAF-WORLD and thusly adapt to the new environment by constructing a Deaf identity and becoming confident in themselves as contributing members of society. Increasingly, transfer students are introduced to a new educational and cultural environment where sign language is free flowing, one of the primary educational and social languages ofthe deaf. The curriculum unit is divided into five programs: 1. Introduction of the DEAFWORLD, 2. Identity/Perception of deaf People, 3. Linguistic Minorities & Deaf Arts, 4. Deafidentity and Diversity, and 5. The Concept of Deafhood. The five programs allow the transfer students to gain knowledge of the DEAF-WORLD and to analyze and discover their identity as they go through a journey of identification process. This curriculum allows them to develop their own sense of Deaf identity, during which they acquire a comprehension and appreciation of Deaf culture, hence, it may impact their academic performance. These deaf individuals need to have self-concept and accept themselves as cultural and characteristic individuals. Thereafter, they may accept others with diversity of cultural groups, characteristics and values. The goal is to help students to embrace themselves as deaf individuals so they can have a place of their own as productive citizens ofthe multi-cultural and multi-lingual society.

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Document Type

Master's Project

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Department, Program, or Center

Master of Science of Secondary Education of Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (NTID)


Kurz, Christopher

Advisor/Committee Member

Bateman, Gerald


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