There are methods that can be used to help children become more educated and understanding regarding disabilities in a mainstreamed classroom. A specific technique that was used in this study includes a developmental bibliotherapy-like intervention for a first-grade classroom in which the students were taught about hearing loss. The purpose of this study was to determine the knowledge and attitudes first-grade elementary school-aged children have regarding children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The methodology for this primarily qualitative study made use of interview-based research techniques. Two first-grade classrooms participated in an experimental design, which consisted of both classrooms taking a pre-test, one classroom receiving a scripted intervention about hearing loss, and then both classrooms taking a post-test. To get more in depth information about children's knowledge and attitudes interviews were conducted with a few of the students from both classrooms. An analysis of the classroom data from the pre-test/post-test was recorded as well as common themes that emerged from the interviews.


Goldberg, Don


Communication Studies


Speech and Hearing Science


bibliotherapy, attitudes, knowledge, hearing loss, deaf or hard of hearing, elementary

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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