Millions of children attend elementary, middle and high schools throughout the country to be instructed by teachers within six major subjects. Out of six main subjects taught in academic schools, social studies has been proven as one of the most difficult yet complex subjects among students especially the deaf and hard of hearing students. It has been noted where social studies, elaborate and diverse as it may be, have created an environment where most students have the tendency to associate this subject with negative attitudes and experiences. Critical factors contribute to the overall decline interest in socials studies such as lack of strong teacher to student relationship, the complexity of materials, and/or the constant repetition of old information. This thesis presents the overview of available literature reviews along with proposed research implementation for future studies based upon the information among deaf and hard of hearing students. With the help of these literature reviews based on the students and teachers in social studies, we can come to use this method of research to expand the new field of social studies within the deaf and hard of hearing group. With this meaningful information, we as professional can use the data to assist us in creating better and positive environment for the deaf and hard of hearing students within the social studies classroom.
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Master of Science of Secondary Education of Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (NTID)
Sievers, Amanda, "The social studies classroom: attitudes and perspective from the deaf and hard of hearing students through literature" (2005). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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