Increasing Cultural And Linguistic Diversity In Deaf Education Teacher Preparation Programs.

Research paper by Joanna E JE Cannon, John L JL Luckner

Indexed on: 10 May '16Published on: 10 May '16Published in: American annals of the deaf


As the field of education of the d/Deaf and hard of hearing (d/Dhh) continues to diversify, postsecondary institutions must pay close attention not only to the changing needs of d/Dhh students but to the practitioners they are preparing to serve this population. Students who are d/Dhh and come from homes where a language other than English or American Sign Language is used-d/Dhh Multilingual Learners (DMLs)-constitute 19.4%-35.0% of the d/Dhh student population (Gallaudet Research Institute, 2013). In the present article, part of a special American Annals of the Deaf issue on DMLs, the authors review demographic trends, examine the theory behind teacher effectiveness and culturally responsive teaching, provide examples from research on effective components of teacher preparation programs and discuss how they align with the field's certification standards, and recommend practices for programs and teachers to meet these standards within the field's ever-changing landscape.