Assessing Literacy in Deaf Individuals

Neurocognitive Measurement and Predictors

Editors: Morere, Donna, Allen, Thomas (Eds.)

  • ​Provides psychometric data for deaf individuals on a variety of neurocognitive measures
  • Addresses biological, cognitive, linguistic, sociocultural, and pedagogical conditions that influence the acquisition of language and knowledge by means of visual modes
  • Examines how learning occurs through the visual pathway for all individuals, deaf and hearing
  • Contributes to improving education for deaf students​
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Humans’ development of literacy has been a recent focus of intense research from the reading, cognitive, and neuroscience fields. But for individuals who are deaf—who rely greatly on their visual skills for language and learning—the findings don’t necessarily apply, leaving theoretical and practical gaps in approaches to their education.

Assessing Literacy in Deaf Individuals: Neurocognitive Measurement and Predictors narrows these gaps by introducing the VL2 Toolkit, a comprehensive test battery for assessing the academic skills and cognitive functioning of deaf persons who use sign language. Skills measured include executive functioning, memory, reading, visuospatial ability, writing fluency, math, and expressive and receptive language. Comprehensive data are provided for each, with discussion of validity and reliability issues as well as ethical and legal questions involved in the study. And background chapters explain how the Toolkit was compiled, describing the procedures of the study, its rationale, and salient characteristics of its participants. This notable book:

Describes each Toolkit instrument and the psychometric properties it measures.
Presents detailed findings on test measures and relationships between skills.
Discusses issues and challenges relating to visual representations of English, including fingerspelling and lipreading.
Features a factor analysis of the Toolkit measures to identify underlying cognitive structures in deaf learners.
Reviews trends in American Sign Language assessment.

Assessing Literacy in Deaf Individuals is an essential reference for researchers, graduate students, clinicians, and other professionals working in the field of deafness and deaf education across in such areas as clinical child and school psychology, audiology, and linguistics.

About the authors

Donna Morere, Ph.D., has been involved in the field of deafness since 1986. She has been a faculty member in the Clinical Psychology Program at Gallaudet since August, 1990. She is the Neuropsychological Assessment Director for the VL2 Psychometric Toolkit Study and Early Education Longitudinal Study (VL2EELS).  Dr. Morere also maintains a private practice in Clinical Neuropsychology providing services to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing using ASL, Cued Speech or Oral communication. Since the early 1990s, the focus of this practice has been children with complex special needs, primarily those affecting language development. Dr. Morere’s research interests include primary language disorders in deaf children, adaptation of neuropsychological assessment instruments for use with deaf and hard of hearing individuals, cognition and memory, executive functioning and attention disorders, and reading and language development in deaf children.

Thomas Allen, Ph.D., is the Founding Director of the VL2 Center  and currently serves as its Co-Principal Investigator. He holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Educational Foundations and Research, where he has taught courses in statistics and research design. Dr. Allen formerly served a  9-year term as Dean of the Graduate School at Gallaudet. Prior to becoming Dean, Dr. Allen was the Director of the Gallaudet Research Institute, where he conducted or supervised many large-scale statistical studies of the deaf population in the United States. These included an annual survey of deaf and hard of hearing children and youth and two national efforts to develop norms for standardized achievement tests for the population of deaf and hard of hearing students. He designed and conducted studies of national patterns of classroom communication strategies for deaf and hard of hearing students, and a longitudinal study of school to work transition for students who are deaf. As the Dean of the Graduate School, Dr. Allen has implemented Ph.D. programs in Linguistics and Audiology, an Au.D. professional doctorate in Audiology, a Masters of Arts in Teaching that focuses on preparing teachers to work in bilingual ASL-English environments, a Master of Arts degree in International Development, and a Master of Arts degree in Deaf Studies. He currently is the lead investigator for a several ongoing research projects at the Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2) Center at Gallaudet University. 

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • The “Toolkit Project”: Introduction

    Halper, Elizabeth (et al.)

    Pages 3-19

  • The VL2 Toolkit Psychometric Study: Summary of Procedures and Description of Sample Characteristics

    Allen, Thomas (et al.)

    Pages 21-36

  • Measures of General Cognitive Functioning

    Morere, Donna A. (et al.)

    Pages 39-58

  • Measures of Visuospatial Ability

    Morere, Donna A. (et al.)

    Pages 59-73

  • Measures of Memory and Learning

    Morere, Donna A.

    Pages 75-104

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Hardcover $149.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Assessing Literacy in Deaf Individuals
Book Subtitle
Neurocognitive Measurement and Predictors
Editors
  • Donna Morere
  • Thomas Allen
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-5269-0
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-5269-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4614-5268-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4899-9205-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 268
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