University of Edinburgh

Deaf Research

Achievement & Opportunities for Deaf Students in the United Kingdom: From Research to Practice

Continuing the Achievements of Deaf Pupils in Scotland (ADPS) Research Over the summer a research grant of 143,000 over two years was awarded from the Nuffield Foundation. This work will start in October 2009. The aim of the project is to produce more results from the existing ADPS database and to continue to collect a small amount of new data on the original group of children in the study. Professor Marc Marschark, honorary professor of deaf education at the University of Edinburgh has helped with this grant application and will be involved with the project. A reference group composed of teachers of deaf children, deaf people and young people and representatives of groups such as NDCS will advise the research team. We will be seeking a quantitative researcher with experience in the field of deafness. One of the more challenging parts of this project will be tracking down the school-leavers. We will be using a combination of methods including posters in audiology clinics, adverts, word of mouth, Facebook and Bebo to try to find as many as possible. School services will be receiving a mailing in October to explain more about the project and ask for help. We are not trying to collect nearly as much data as last time, you will all be glad to hear. We are trying to make the best use of the existing database and see if we can generate useful findings when we look back at the outcomes for deaf children over the period 2000 - 2010. If you would like further information about this research project, please get in touch with Rachel O'Neill: