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Towards inclusion? Developing teacher skills for communication with children who are deaf or hard of hearing in Uganda

S Okwaput

Abstract


The objective of this study was to explore how pre—service teacher trainees in Uganda are prepared in order to develop skills for communication with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. A qualitative approach was followed in the study. Data was collected through interviews, focus group discussions, field observations and document study. The main finding is that trainees have an opportunity to develop skills for communication with children who are deaf or hard of hearing from practical activities undertaken in the classroom and during teaching practice. However, these provisions are not sufficient to enable trainees develop skills for communication with that category of children. The findings imply that education authorities should enhance practical activities in the curriculum in a way that might enable teacher trainees to develop skills for communication with children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Key Words: Teacher training, Communication, Deaf, Hard of hearing, inclusion




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