Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Portrayal of Characters Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in Adolescent Chapter Books Written for Middle School Readers
by Nichols, Andrea R., M.Ed., Bowling Green State University, 2005, 109; 10817764
Abstract (Summary)

Thirteen books containing a character with a hearing loss were analyzed for the portrayal of the characters in the areas of characteristics, story elements, interactions, and authenticity. Results indicated that an accurate portrayal occurred in the areas of gender, relationships, and internal struggles of the character with a hearing loss. The character’s mode of communication was mostly speechreading and speaking which is not consistent of today’s society. There were inconsistencies within the books and our culture in the portrayal of the origin of hearing loss and the lack of characters with cochlear implants.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hendricks, Cindy
School: Bowling Green State University
Department: Curriculum and Teaching
School Location: United States -- Ohio
Source: MAI 57/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Disability studies, Special education, Reading instruction
Keywords: Adolescent literature, Deaf, Hard of hearing
Publication Number: 10817764
ISBN: 978-0-355-84321-7
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