Title

Research methodology in deaf education: Early efforts

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2017

Subject Area

ARRAY(0x55fcc7bcac10)

Abstract

The purpose of this chapter is to provide historical context for research in deaf education. Educators began conducting research from the time of the establishment of the first school for the deaf in the United States in 1816, long before the development of sophisticated research methodology. Investigators used the resources at hand and addressed issues of importance in their time. First reports tended to be anecdotal and self-report, followed by demographic studies. Research in the first half of the twentieth century concentrated on mental measurement and standardized tests of academic achievement. From this developed a core of professionals with skills to conduct studies in a wide range of areas and consumers with the interest to profit from them. Since that time, advances have been made in the study of sign languages, language acquisition, intellectual and cognitive assessment, and measurement of academic achievement, resulting in a broad array of research approaches.

Publication Title

Research in Deaf Education: Contexts, Challenges, and Considerations

First Page

35

Last Page

53

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1093/oso/9780190455651.003.0002

ISBN

9780190455651

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