Social and Cultural Contexts of Deaf Education

Course code EDUC6665Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Education

Education of deaf and hard of hearing (D/HH) students occurs in diverse and continually changing contexts - social, cultural, political and scientific. In order to be responsive and flexible practitioners, teachers need to be aware of how these contexts have developed and continue to influence their professional practice.

This course provides students with a broad context for professional practice in deaf education. It will introduce students to the historical background, current settings and approaches used in deaf education. Socio-cultural contexts of deaf people's lives will be explored, including the role of spoken and signed languages and identity and social-emotional development. Family contexts and approaches to working with families of D/HH children will be introduced.

RIDBC Renwick Centre administers this course. Before enrolling in this course, review the RIDBC Renwick Centre Student Handbook at . Completion of this course requires attendance at a compulsory campus conference. Dates and venues of campus conferences are available in the RIDBC Renwick Centre Timetable located at .

Available in 2015

WebLearn GradSchoolSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesUpon completion of this course, students will be expected to:
1. Describe the social, cultural and family contexts of deaf people's lives;
2. Explain the historical context of deaf education and development of communication approaches used;
3. Identify the legislative and curricular requirements for deaf education in Australia;
4. Describe the role of spoken and signed languages in deaf people’s lives and linguistic perspectives on their usage; and
5. Summarise the influences on deaf people’s identity and social-emotional development.
ContentTopics will include:
- Social and cultural contexts of deaf people's lives;
- History of deaf education;
- Communication philosophies/approaches and their historical development;
- Overview of deaf education settings and services at local, national and international levels;
- Political, legislative and professional contexts of deaf education;
- National curriculum framework and reasonable adjustments for D/HH;
- The role of signed and spoken languages in the lives of deaf and hard of hearing people
- Technology in the lives of deaf and hard of hearing people;
- Family contexts of D/HH children;
- Identity and social-emotional development in D/HH children; and
- Impact of social, cultural and family contexts on the learning environments of D/HH children.
Replacing Course(s)Nil
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeMandatory course requirement: Auslan Basic or equivalent.
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Email Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsAnalyse and report on an interview with a D/HH adult.
Case Scenario/PBL exercisesCase Study
Quiz - On-line
Contact HoursLecture: for 12 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Email Discussion Group: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Self Directed Learning: for 8 hour(s) per Week for 13 weeks
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentAuslan Basic competency.
Requisite by EnrolmentEnrolment limited to Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies and Master of Special Education.
Compulsory Course ComponentAttendance at the scheduled campus conference is compulsory.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for EDUC6665