Concept Maps: a Tool to Improve Reading Comprehension Skills of Children with Hearing Impairments

Peña Castillo, Elsy and Bernal Mosquera, Damaris and López Palacios, Dagmar (2008) Concept Maps: a Tool to Improve Reading Comprehension Skills of Children with Hearing Impairments. In: Concept Maps: Theory, Methodology, Technology. Proc. of the Third Int. Conference on Concept Mapping. Tallinn University, Tallinn, Estonia, pp. 322-329. ISBN 978-9985-58-584-9

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Children with hearing loss who are inserted into the regular Panamanian School System tend to have academic difficulties, often due to low reading comprehension levels. Concept maps may be able to support hearing-impaired children to achieve better reading comprehension skills, by providing a means to improve their reading vocabulary, as well as helping them follow sequences of ideas present in ordinary texts. The structure of concept maps may facilitate reading comprehension because sequences of ideas, and relationships among them, are presented in a graphic format more accessible to deaf students. Since concepts are not repeated in concept maps, children with hearing loss become less confused than with ordinary texts, in which anaphoric expressions are commonly used. In this first exploratory study, comprehension of an ordinary reading passage was compared with comprehension of its transcription to a concept map format, both with and without illustrations. Results suggest that the concept map format leads to a greater understanding of the reading passage, as evidenced by the answers to questions posed by the researchers, as well as the questions posed by the subjects themselves, and their comments about the topic. The concept map format also awakened and maintained the deaf students’ interest more so than the ordinary text format.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Paper, CMC2008
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education
Depositing User: Mr. Ernest Prats
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2014 07:40
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2014 07:41

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