Language development, and the challenges it can present for individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, have long been a focus of research, theory, and practice in D/deaf studies and deaf education. Over the past 150 years, but most especially near the end of the 20th and beginning of the 21st century, advances in the acquisition and development of language competencies and skills have been increasing rapidly. This volume addresses many of those accomplishments as well as remaining challenges and new questions that have arisen from multiple perspectives: theoretical, linguistic, social-emotional, neuro-biological, and socio-cultural. The contributors comprise an international group of prominent scholars and practitioners from a variety of academic and clinical backgrounds. The result is a volume that addresses, in detail, current knowledge, emerging questions, and innovative educational practice in a variety of contexts.
The volume takes on topics such as discussion of the transformation of efforts to identify a "best" language approach (the "sign" versus "speech" debate) to a stronger focus on individual strengths, potentials, and choices for selecting and even combining approaches; the effects of language on other areas of development as well as effects from other domains on language itself; and how neurological, socio-cognitive, and linguistic bases of learning are leading to more specialized approaches to instruction that address the challenges that remain for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. This volume both complements and extends The Oxford Handbook of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, Volumes 1 and 2, going further into the unique challenges and demands for deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals than any other text and providing not only compilations of what is known but setting the course for investigating what is still to be learned.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 480
Weight: 1068 g
Dimensions: 259 x 185 x 32 mm
"This handbook will undoubtedly become a treasured volume in the libraries of researchers, educators, and clinicians in the field. The scholarly content includes a unique blend of interdisciplinary perspectives on unresolved problems, current evidence, and new frontiers. The impressive list of highly respected authors makes evident the contemporary nature of the work and its foundations in translational research and practical application. The text leaves one with a sense of hopefulness about progress made, but also a strong sense of urgency about the need to address persisting and new challenges with flexible paradigms."
Mary Pat Moeller, Director, Center for Childhood Deafness, Boys Town National Research Hospital
"In this follow-up volume, Marschark and Spencer have amassed a collection that is impressive in breadth and depth. Written by leaders in their respective domains, the authors lay out the state of the art and directions for research in the next century. The research presented here documents the sea-change observable in classrooms and schools for deaf children and is reflected in the variety of chapters--ranging from universal newborn screening, to results from earlier and earlier cochlear implantation, to multiple- and complex-needs children, to language and literacy development, to changes in Deaf identity. A masterful companion to the original volume."
C. Tane Akamatsu, Psychologist, Toronto District School Board