Approaches to teaching in mainstream and separate postsecondary classrooms

Marc Marschark, John T. E. Richardson, Patricia Sapere, Thomastine Sarchet

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THE STUDY examined attitudes toward teaching reported by university instructors who normally teach hearing students (with the occasional deaf or hard of hearing student) and by instructors who normally teach deaf and hard of hearing students at the same institution. Overall, a view of instruction as information transmission was associated with a teacher-focused approach to instruction, whereas viewing instruction as a means of promoting conceptual change was associated with a student-focused approach. Instructors in mainstream classrooms were more oriented toward information transmission than conceptual change, whereas instructors experienced in separate classrooms for deaf and hard of hearing students reported seeking to promote conceptual change in students and adopting more student-focused approaches to teaching. These results are consistent with previous findings concerning instructors' approaches to teaching and deaf and hard of hearing students' approaches to learning, and may help explain recent findings regarding student outcomes in separate versus mainstream secondary classrooms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)481-487
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican annals of the deaf
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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