The Role of Teachers who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing in the Field of Deaf/Hard of Hearing Education (Session 2C)
Main Topic: Deaf Community
Session Type: Paper
There is a diversity gap between teachers of students who are deaf and hard of hearing and the students that they teach. Teachers of students who are deaf or hard of hearing who are deaf or hard of hearing themselves are underrepresented in the profession. Within a multicultural educational framework, evidence supports the benefits of diversity for all students. Further, some research suggests that teachers with disabilities bring a unique lived experience to the students they teach both with and without disabilities. Little research exists specifically addressing teachers who are deaf or hard of hearing in the field of deaf education. This qualitative phenomenological study explored the lived experiences of forty five teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing who are deaf or hard of hearing themselves regarding their role and value in the profession. Through electronic open-ended interview questions and qualitative thematic analysis, the findings are discussed in length with comparisons and suggested solutions. Implications of the findings as well as recommendation for future action are discussed.
- Describe the rationale for educator diversity characteristics to mirror student diversity characteristics.
- Discuss the barriers faced by potential educators and educators with disabilities.
- Discuss potential action steps for increasing the diversity of teachers of students who are deaf and hard of hearing.
Keywords: Deaf, hard of hearing, self-concept, identity formation, culture, self-advocacy
Dr. Holly PedersenMinot State University - Department Chair
Minot State University
Holly F. Pedersen, Ed. D., is an Associate Professor at Minot State University in North Dakota, USA. She currently serves as Chairperson for the Department of Special Education. Pedersen earned undergraduate degrees in elementary education and deaf education, and a Master’s degree in special education. Pedersen holds a Doctorate of Education in educational leadership and has over 25 years of experience working with children and youth with disabilities. She has expertise in early intervention with deaf/hard of hearing children and their families as well as in collaborative models of service provision for students with disabilities in rural areas. Dr. Pedersen’s research interests include early intervention in deaf education, interprofessional education practices, best practices in special education, rural education issues, and student engagement in higher education.
Ms. Diane GardMinot State University - Graduate Student
Minot State University
Diane Gard recently completed her Master of Science in Special Education with Deaf/Hard of Hearing concentration at Minot State University. Diane currently teaches students who are deaf and hard of hearing in California, USA.