Deafness, inclusion, and self-esteem: Mary V. Compton on Deaf culture

It’s very important for general educators to understand more about Deaf culture and the role that Deaf culture plays in a deaf student’s life… It’s crucial for a deaf student to have socialization with other deaf students. Many times in public school situations a deaf student may feel very isolated because there’s no other deaf student there. So if you can understand the importance of that in terms of increasing a deaf student’s self-esteem: Identity is very, very important, particularly with children who are in middle school and high school, because they need to know they are part of a certain group. And if you remember back to your middle school and high school days, your peer group was very important to you.

As an associate professor of special education at UNC-Greensboro, Dr. Mary V. Compton prepares education students for professional work as educators and interpreters for the deaf. In the video “The Importance of Deaf Culture,” Dr. Compton and Kathy Metzer, Guilford County Teacher of the Deaf, discuss the importance of social considerations for deaf students who are educated in inclusive settings — particularly the critical need for deaf students to interact with other deaf people, and the importance of reinforcing students’ identity in the context of Deaf culture.

The video is one in a series of seven about educating deaf students in mainstream settings, associated with the article “Deaf Learners and Successful Cognitive Achievement.”

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Kathy Metzer and Dr. Mary V. Compton will be among the distinguished presenters on April 18, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m., when we present the free web conference “Engaging Deaf Learners in the Mainstream Classroom.” Joining them will be Dr. David Martin, Professor and Dean Emeritus of Gallaudet University and author of “Deaf Learners and Successful Cognitive Achievement.” The three presenters will share their knowledge and answer questions on topics including instruction, communication, and classroom management.

The session is free, but registration is required. To reserve your seat in the conference, please visit our registration page.

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