Sharon Cooke


The purpose of this project was to discover if there were any common themes or factors that exist, or are perceived to exist, in the childhood reading experiences of successful deaf readers serving as participants in this study. Despite the availability of research concerning poor reading abilities among many deaf children, there has been little exploration into the experiences of successful deaf readers. Through in-depth interviews, detailed information was collected from five deaf adults holding Ph. D. degrees and working in the field of education regarding their learning-to-read experiences. Information was then analyzed and placed in thematic categories related to participation in sportslrecreation activities, availability of reading material at home, literacy activities supported at home, the communication environment at home, parent involvement in education, and a sense of high expectations regarding educational achievements. This paper includes insight from the participants themselves, conveying information to parents and educators regarding potentially significant variables and useful strategies to consider for practice in fostering the successful reading development of young deaf children.

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Master's Project

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Christie, Karen

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Shannon, Nora


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