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A professional development programme for teachers of the deaf in South Africa

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dc.contributor.advisor Prof E. Henning and Dr R.E. Swart en_US
dc.contributor.author Storbeck, Claudine
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-20T05:45:53Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-20T05:45:53Z
dc.date.issued 2012-08-20
dc.date.submitted 1998
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/6151
dc.description D.Ed. en_US
dc.description.abstract Education for the Deaf in South Africa appears to be insufficiently researched, contributing to a less than ideal educational situation. Teachers are not trained to address the special needs of Deaf learners, there is limited cohesive instructional theory and the educational policy focussing on the needs of Deaf learners is limited in both range and depth. Due to the ineffectiveness of Deaf education in South Africa, the majority of Deaf school leavers leave school linguistically impoverished, 'disabled' by the lack of effective educational opportunities, thus carrying the main barrier to learning' with them into life. In an effort to ascertain why the educational system is deemed ineffectual, I identified the lack of training programmes for teachers of the Deaf in South Africa as a main cause of inadequate Deaf education in South Africa. In order to assess this working hypothesis, I initiated an investigation into the perceptions of the crucial role players in Deaf education, namely the teachers of the Deaf and Deaf adults (former learners). The purpose of the study was thus to find out why the Deaf education system is ineffectual. An inquiry was therefor conducted into the emic views of teachers of the Deaf and also Deaf adults who had experienced the education system in South Africa first-hand. I aimed to study rigorously and methodically these perceptions and experiences with the view of contributing to the discourse about the improvement of Deaf education in South Africa. These personal views were obtained in a 'bottom-up' research mode and could be essential in contributing to the sparse body of knowledge on Deaf education in South Africa from the Deaf adult's perspective. The study should also contribute to the Deaf community's move toward empowerment and equality. The findings that emerged from the study support the hypothesis that the present situation in Deaf education is unacceptable to both educators and learners alike and that specialised training for teachers of the Deaf, including knowledge of Sign Language, is essential. The investigation concludes with a consolidation of the findings into a framework for a proposed teacher training programme for teachers of the Deaf, which is presented within the outcomes based paradigm. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Teachers - Inservice training - South Africa - Case studies en_US
dc.subject Deaf children - Education - South Africa. en_US
dc.subject Special education teachers - In-service training - South Africa en_US
dc.subject Special education - South Africa - Personnel management en_US
dc.title A professional development programme for teachers of the deaf in South Africa en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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