Evaluation of sign language learning tools: Understanding features for improved collaboration and communication between a parent and a child

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2013-01-01
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Burton, Melissa
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Stephen Gilbert
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Psychology
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Psychology
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Deaf children with hearing parents typically have issues with learning sign language fluently and developing literacy. In addition, these children rarely establish a strong, interpersonal bond with their caregiver. Currently, there are insufficient resources for helping bridge the gap between deaf children and hearing caregivers. This thesis proposes to explore solutions and evaluate their effectiveness with both the hearing parents and deaf children. Multiple mediums are investigated for the purposes of uncovering the most effective combination of sign language learning methodologies. This research will help designers better understand the world of deafness and how to design instructional tools that effectively utilize information about the needs and customs of the Deaf community.

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