ED2DED-Deafness and Education

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites: ED1BEC Education for Inclusion
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Mr Ilan Dwek

Email: i.g.dwek@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module looks at deafness within education fields, where issues of different methods of communication is used within education, impact of different educational settings and mainstreaming of deaf children, inclusion and social justice, in addition to looking at history of deaf education.


- To understand the types and causes of deafness in children and how these influence the choice of educational methods

- To consider the historical context of deaf/Deaf education and contemporary educational practice

- To become familiar with the historical background of changing education for the deaf children

- To compare and contrast the literacy skills acquired by deaf children in educational settings in the UK and abroad 

Assessable learning outcomes:

On successful completion of the module, it is expected that students are able to:

- Analyse success rates from different educational settings

- Understand the educational implications of deafness for children.

- Be able to conduct independent research in Deafness and Education

- Have developed a medical understanding of deafness and its causes

- Participate in personal evaluation and peer review, giving and accepting constructive criticism.

- Write analytically about aspects of the module

Additional outcomes:

Students are encouraged to learn some basic BSL [British Sign Language]. The module also aims to encourage total communication and the students’ effectiveness in group situations. They also develop their study and Blackboard skills by use of relevant sources, including a variety of written material and web resources. 

Outline content:

Tutors teach the theory of Deafness and Education, where the impact on deaf children is explored with analysis of varying success rates, where possible from the perspective of their own deafness. The course includes a lecture by staff from the Royal Berkshire Hospital Audiology Department. 

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The module is taught through lectures, including class and small group discussions and presentations. Some sessions require preparatory individual or group work. Students are expected to research widely and develop basic deaf awareness throughout. 

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 30
Guided independent study 170
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

One written essay of 3,000 words (100%)

Formative assessment methods:

• One formative assignment of a paragraph of approximately 500 words  

• Informal feedback provided by tutor and peers during session

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:

    An overall mark of 40%. 

    Reassessment arrangements:

    The practical elements can be reassessed by alternative methods during the summer resit period. The written assessment can also be submitted during this time. 

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 20 April 2018


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