Frequently Asked Questions about CLAD

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I have read through your website including the list of Assessments you described, which is great, but I am wondering what this means to me as a teacher.

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That’s a very good question. The list of assessments we used were created for our research purposes, but we are planning to examine the effectiveness of many of these instruments for assessing DHH students. In particular, we wonder if some of the assessments are better for some children while others are better for other children. As we publish articles on our findings, we will place these on the website. When such a connection is not possible, we will post the reference information for the article so you can access it.

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Where do I get a copy of some of the tests you listed, like the Functional Assessments, the Fingerspelling test, and the signed versions of the other tests that I heard described recently at a conference?

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You will find a copy of the Functional Assessments on the website. For information on how to acquire the Fingerspelling Test, please contact Dr. Brenda Schick, at brenda.schick@Colorado.EDU. Regarding the video version of the other assessments, we are working on developing sustainable ways of making these available.

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What do you plan to do with all those classroom videos? Can I get a copy of them to use in my teacher preparation program?

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We are in the process of cataloging and coding the videos. We have permission to use the videos for research purpose but not for general distribution so, unfortunately, they will not be available for training of teachers or for purposes other than research. In 2015 we are working on the first pass at coding the videos broadly by code-based instruction, meaning-based instruction, and basic information on classroom management. We hope to begin a second pass at a more discrete coding of the videos in 2016.

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I heard that you plan to let other researchers have access to the video data. Is that true, and how do I get a copy?

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After we complete our first round of coding and first round of analyses of the global data, we hope to invite other researchers to submit proposals to utilize the materials. We will work on a sustainable procedure to facilitate that process and will make it widely available at conferences, via listservs, and on our website. Please be patient. We aren’t there yet.

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Now that you have your data, what are your next steps?

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We began last year to design interventions based on our Cooperative Agreement with the Institute of Education Sciences. You can read about some of these interventions on the CLAD Research and Presentations section of this website by clicking on the 2015 ACEDHH document. We have used an iterative design process to create the interventions and have moved into Single Case Design with components of some of the interventions. Ultimately we will do randomized controlled trials. Please be patient. Again, we are not there yet.

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What is Foundations for Literacy?” There is a brief description of it on your website. How do we get a copy of it and how does it relate to CLAD?

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That’s another great question. Foundations for Literacy is an intervention developed at Georgia State University to address early literacy skills in DHH children in pre-kindergarten. We are in the process of uploading information about this to another website but that website is not ready to go live yet. Foundations relates to CLAD in that one of our interventions, which we call Language Connections, is building on the successes of Foundations. Language Connections is a set of strategies and adaptations to Foundations to make it accessible to DHH children who do not have functional hearing. Please see the answer above for information on where to find information about Language Connections. The Foundations article is an open access article through the ERIC system.

Lederberg, A., Miller, E., Easterbrooks, S., & Connor, C. (2014). Foundations for Literacy: An early literacy intervention for deaf and hard-of-hearing children Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 19 (4), 438-455.

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I would like to ask some specific questions of personal interest to me as a researcher? Whom should I contact?

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Depending on the nature of your questions, you may contact any of the researchers listed under Research Team or you may submit your question through the Contact Us section. We are always happy to let you know what we are doing.