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From The CriticsReviewer: Christine Gilmore Eubanks, PhD (University of Mississippi)
Description: This book is an interesting overview of language and literacy development in deaf students. It provides a review of the available communication modes (American Sign Language, Signed English, Total Communication, Cued Speech, etc.) and covers the controversies involved in the choice of method and the supporting research. The book discusses the development of reading, writing, and bilingual skills, including a chapter on the development of English as a second language. It also presents strategies for language instruction and assessment
Purpose: The purpose is to present the research on the languages and communication modes available for the education of the deaf. It acknowledges, and attempts to explain, the polarization that exists among proponents of different approaches. The authors present an impartial review of the current and needed research in this area, and in the context of metatheory, help clinicians to develop their own philosophy based on an examination of the issues involved.
Audience: Targeted for graduate students in audiology, clinicians, and educators of the deaf, the book provides an up-to-date and comprehensive overview for the intermediate reader. Both authors are well regarded in the areas of language development and deaf education.
Features: The book is generally easy to read (both in content and appearance) and provides a thorough index and table of contents. The illustrations of the various manual languages were reasonably good, though more illustration of cued speech and tactile aids would have been helpful. The book provides chapter topics and comprehension questions as well as a separate student study guide (not reviewed).
Assessment: This book is a good review of the controversies and research in the field of language and literacy development in the deaf. It updates the first edition by rethinking some issues and by subsequently restructuring the book's organization. It would make a useful addition to a professional library.