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Deaf Families with Children who have Cochlear Implants: Perspectives and Beliefs on Bilingualism in American Sign Language

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dc.contributor.advisor Sanchez, Sylvia Y.
dc.contributor.author Mitchiner, Julie Cantrell
dc.creator Mitchiner, Julie Cantrell en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-29T21:04:03Z
dc.date.available 2013-03-29T21:04:03Z
dc.date.issued 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1920/8080
dc.description.abstract This study examines Deaf parents with children who have cochlear implants on their beliefs and perspectives of bilingualism in American Sign Language and English using complementary mixed methods through surveys and follow-up interviews. Seventeen families participated in the survey and eight families continued their participation in semi-formal follow-up interviews. Findings show a majority of the Deaf families in the study exhibit positive beliefs and perspectives towards using both English and ASL for their children with cochlear implants and set high expectations for their children to become equally fluent in both languages, including English. However, American Sign Language is perceived to be essential for effective communication among families as well as for developing a strong identity as a Deaf person and a foundation for learning English. Parents' beliefs and perspectives towards both languages may stem from their own experiences being Deaf and being bilingual. They value both languages as part of their children's lives for social, academic, and cognitive gains.
dc.format.extent 257 pages en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Copyright 2012 Julie Cantrell Mitchiner en_US
dc.subject Bilingual education en_US
dc.subject Education en_US
dc.subject Beliefs en_US
dc.subject Bilingualism en_US
dc.subject Cochlear Implants en_US
dc.subject Deaf en_US
dc.subject Families en_US
dc.subject Perspectives en_US
dc.title Deaf Families with Children who have Cochlear Implants: Perspectives and Beliefs on Bilingualism in American Sign Language en_US
dc.type Dissertation en
thesis.degree.level Doctoral en
thesis.degree.discipline Education en
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en


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