Resources for deaf and hard-of-hearing students in mainstream schools in Sweden: A survey
2017 (English)In: Deafness and Education International, ISSN 1464-3154, E-ISSN 1557-069X, 1557-069XArticle in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Although once placed solely in deaf schools, a growing number of deaf students in Sweden are now enrolling in mainstream schools. In order to maintain a functional educational environment for these students, municipalities are required to provide a variety of supporting resources, e.g. technological equipment and specialized personnel. However, the functions of these resources and how these relate to deaf students’ learning is currently unknown. Thus, the present study examines public school resources, including the function of a profession called a hörselpedagog (HP, a kind of pedagogue that is responsible for hard-of-hearing students). In particular, the HPs’ perspectives on the functioning and learning of deaf students in public schools were examined. Data were collected via (i) two questionnaires: one quantitative (n = 290) and one qualitative (n = 26), and (ii) in-depth interviews (n = 9). These show that the resources provided to deaf children and their efficacy are highly varied across the country, which holds implications for the language situations and learning of deaf students.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Mainstream schools, hearing technologies, education, sign language, support
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-140650DOI: 10.1080/14643154.2017.1292670OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-140650DiVA: diva2:1081331