Journal article

Understanding typical support practice for students who are deaf or hard of hearing: Perspectives from teachers of the deaf in Australia

Shani Dettman, Yvonne Chia, Surabhi Budhiraja, Lorraine Graham, Julia Sarant, Caitlin Barr, Richard Dowell

Deafness and Education International | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2020


While there is a growing level of demand for accountability and documentation of services provided to students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH), there is a paucity of evidence on the nature of such support; who (personnel), what (content), and how (delivery). This study describes Teacher of the Deaf (ToD) perspectives on current classroom student support practices across a range of contemporary service delivery models in Victoria, Australia. Maximum variation sampling was used to identify 10 Victorian ToDs; each completed a one-hour semi-structured interview, which focused on an interview topic guide associated with typical practice: pathways to teaching; role of the profession; profess..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The study was designed by Shani Dettman in collaboration with the investigative team and Research Advisory Panel. Data collection and analysis was completed by Dettman, Budhiraja and Chia. All authors contributed to writing and editing the manuscript. We acknowledge the time and enthusiastic contributions from the RAP and the funding support from the VDEI to complete this study. We'd like to thank our ten ToDs who completed these interviews.