Exploring the social inclusion of deaf young people in mainstream schools, using their lived experience

Suzanne Edmondson, Julia Howe

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Abstract

Research indicates that children with hearing loss face a number of difficulties in the education system. Although there has been much research with the severe to profound deaf population there has been little research into the life experiences of children with moderate hearing loss who attend mainstream secondary schools. This research sought to address this by examining the experiences of social inclusion for five young people with moderate hearing loss. Data was gathered through semi-structured interviews in the young person’s school setting and was analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Although each participant had unique experiences, there were a number of common themes that emerged indicating the factors that support social inclusion and those which create barriers for deaf children in schools. Implications for educational psychologists are considered and the limitations of the research are outlined.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)216-228
Number of pages13
JournalEducational Psychology in Practice
Volume35
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jan 2019

Keywords

  • deaf
  • educational psychology
  • moderate hearing loss
  • schools
  • social inclusion

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