University of Edinburgh

Deaf Children are not Hearing Children who can't Hear: on Language, Cognition and Learning

Presented on Wednesday 5 November 2008

Course evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 45; Number of Respondents: 31

Overall Assessment: 

How would you rate the following: Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Enhancement to your expertise


Content and supplementary material


How will you use what you have learned today?
Enhancing understanding of methods of learning of deaf children.
I have 2 deaf children and want to help them make the most of educational opportunities open to them. Understanding how deaf children learn is a major key theme.
Try and take into account how my pupils learn and tailor more to their needs.
Want to research (a) learning styles, (b) how to teach note taking (c) memory skills.
Understanding/conceptualisation of HI.
In my everyday understanding and as staff development.
Include in lesson plans.
Helps me to understand why deaf children might have 'gaps' in their memory recall. As a teacher this makes you realise that sometimes you need to re-teach more often.
Will apply it to my teaching - larger focus on thinking skills, memory skills etc.
To consider how staff should be trained to deliver more tailored programmes.
Disseminate to other staff. Use in classrooms and particularly with regard to literacy strategies.
Review how I present information and consider which strategies I should teach.
In trying to improve learning outcomes for the HIC.
No idea yet!
Inform the development of campaigns to improve the educational attainment of deaf pupils in Scotland. Raise awareness at Government level about the specific needs of deaf children in mainstream classrooms.
The course has enhanced my understanding - hopefully this will support my teaching.
Try to put into practice some of the practical examples.
Planning, assessing with my pupils. Departmental sharing. Mainstream INSET presentation to all staff.
It'll make me think more closely how and what I teach to my deaf pupils during tutorials.
Teaching methods. Evidence for supporting deaf education - improvements.
Good for my response to staff and parents.
By sharing with colleagues. By enhancing my understanding of teaching deaf students and their learning.
To aid discussions in our team about how we work with deaf adults.
Supporting integration and assessment.
Share info with colleagues/reflect on practice.
Share newly acquired understanding with mainstream teachers.
To investigate further Structural Cognitive Modifiability and Instrumental Enrichment Practice/mediated learning in order to develop metacognition, remediate gaps in skill and cognitive developments. (Fuerstein)
My knowledge and understanding from today’s course will help me in my teaching.

How would you rate the following: Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?
Excellent presentation. Exciting times - as an 'ageing' teacher, will I find the strategies/solutions on time?
The breadth of experience of Marc.
Meeting other professionals and parents.
Marc Marschark himself - interesting, lively and thought-provoking. Hearing about current research is fascinating.
User friendly.
Questions and opinions welcomed - speaker led by comments from the audience at times.
The data and research backing up what we already knew! Cochlear implant input.
It is interesting that history seems to keep repeating itself, especially when you are talking about deaf children and reading problems.
Data research to back up my opinions. Clarification of fact from fiction in relation to teaching deaf pupils and their learning.
Having the chance to consider issues relevant to teaching and learning away from school, and phone. Networking.
Content and delivery of lectures.
Research explained in the context of a teaching situation. Research of relevance to the classroom. Networking with other ToD.
Research findings update.
Confirmation and critique of person experience. Revelatory data. Stimulating.
Access to academic research to inform policy.
Research material.
Freedom to discuss topics, if wished.
Fantastic speaker - lots of examples of research etc.
Learned a lot that links to my pupils and classroom work.
The lecturer.
Good, from my experience when I was young it was difficult to read, and yet evidence through research gives me confidence to say it is still a struggle: came to find answers.
Question/Answer sessions.
Marc Marschark is a very interesting speaker, content and delivery most interesting. His research is very interesting!
Relaxed, informal approach.
Delivery in lectures - excellent.
Excellent presentation - realistic/down to earth. Thank you.

What, if anything, could have been improved about the course?
I would have appreciated more on how the research could be used in practical application.
More practical applications.
More time!
The room was so hot it became uncomfortable. (3)
More strategies to use rather than info on research.
Time to talk to people and make the course longer.
Maybe some written notes/data.
Maybe some immediate handout, though recognition of Prof Marschark’s initial comments.
Handouts would have been useful.
Powerpoint - sorry! Would have preferred them to remembering all that was said as I have to feedback to colleagues.
Providing notes/printouts after the lecture.
I would have liked a handout.
More focus on what to do about it rather than why. Handouts - could have just added notes, also help to feedback.
Handout!! Seating difficult to see speaker, better if seats were staggered like theatre/cinema arrangement.
Marc - fairly quiet voice and different accent! Handout on the day.

Any other comments regarding the course?
Would have appreciated more info on cognitive development in deaf children and how we can compensate.
Perhaps SSC could organise a course on teaching learning strategies?
Great course - need more of the same.
Yet again the course has been geared towards signers not oral setting.
Mainstream teachers, who are subject teachers, should also be allowed to come on these courses as well as teachers of the deaf.
Excellent - thank you!
Very interesting and stimulating. Made me think about how children are taught in relation to how they learn as individuals.
Good venue.
Really good to have the opportunity to hear Marc Marschark rather than trying to find time to read his work.
Very stimulating.
Loved it!
Enjoyed thoroughly. (2)
Very thought provoking. (3)

Location and Venue
Convenient location for this course:  No Response 13;  Yes 18; No 0

Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Convenience of venue


Quality of venue


Likely to attend if venue was used again: No Response 5; Likely 25; Less Likely 1

Heard about this course from:
Scottish Sensory Centre leaflet/mailing: 20
John Schneider mentioned it at a talk.
Education Service Staff.
From Line Manager.
At work.
Through a colleague.
Rachel O'Neill.
Website/online: 2

What other CPD training would you like the SSC to provide?
I think that you already offer a very varied and interesting programme.
Teaching memory strategies, note-taking, deaf learning styles.
Multi-sensory; integration and assessment.
Keep doing the courses but unfortunately local authorities sometimes do not let us come because of financial reasons.
More courses related to this topic and literacy.
Anything related to language/attainment/pupils’ personal development.
Look into mainstream success for deaf pupils with or without CI.

Outcomes Assessment (Chartered Teacher Components)

Very useful = 1; Not useful = 5

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