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Graduate Field Experience

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College Of Education And Leadership

First Advisor

Ruth Hoenick

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Deaf children; Vocabulary--Study and teaching; Reading comprehension


This research study analyzed the effects of explicit instruction of multiple meaning vocabulary words using visual representations of sign language and pictures to increase reading comprehension skills for Deaf children. The goal of this project was to increase students’ skills and strategies when decoding words with multiple meanings. The sample population consisted of three Deaf children, ages 10-11 years old, attending a Midwestern public school that has a Deaf Education program. This eight-week research study consisted of a four-week incidental instruction segment and second four-week segment when multiple-meaning sight words were taught with explicit instruction using visuals and picture prompts. The results of this study indicated that explicitly teaching multiple-meaning sight words with pictures and visual prompts positively impacted sight word recognition and reading comprehension skills for Deaf children.


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