Black Deaf Students: A Model for Educational Success

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Contemporary research has identified resilience — the ability to rebound and learn despite obstacles and adversities — as a key element to success in school. Black Deaf Students: A Model for Educational Success searches out ways to develop, reinforce, and alter the factors that encourage resilience in African American deaf and hard of hearing students. To find the individual characteristics and outside influences that foster educational achievement, author Carolyn E. Williamson conducted extensive interviews with nine African American deaf and hard of hearing adults who succeeded in high school and postsecondary programs.

Until now, the majority of studies of African American deaf and hard of hearing students concentrated upon their underachievement. The only success stories available involved high-achieving African American hearing students. To create an effective model in Black Deaf Students, Williamson focuses on the factors that contributed to her subjects’ successes in postsecondary programs, what they viewed as obstacles and how they overcame them, and their recommendations for facilitating graduation from postsecondary programs. Her work gives “voice” to a group rarely heard in research, which enables readers to view them as a heterogeneous rather than homogeneous group. Their stories provide vital information for parents, school personnel, community stakeholders, and those enrolled in education and mental health preparation programs. In addition, the insights about how these adults succeeded can be useful in facilitating positive outcomes for students who are going into two-year colleges, vocational training, and work settings.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563683510
  • Publisher: Gallaudet University Press
  • Publication date: 6/15/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Carolyn E. Williamson is the Director of the Center for Resilience and Transition LLC in Grand Prairie, TX.

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Table of Contents


Preface     vii
Introduction     xi
At-Risk Factors and Resilience     1
Backgrounds of Successful Postsecondary Graduates     24
Protective Factors in the Family     37
Individual Characteristics     68
The Role of Schools in Resilience     82
Protective Factors in Postscondary Programs     109
Community Protective Factors     127
Overcoming Obstacles     136
A Resilience Program Model     150
Conclusions and Recommendations     170
Research Design and Method     181
References     191
Index     203
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