Year of Award
Doctor of Education (EdD)
College of Education & Allied Health
Collaborative High Impact Instruction
Education and Special Education
deaf, literacy, vocabulary, COVID-19, coronavirus, virtual instruction, fast mapping
This convergent parallel mixed methods student examined the nature of learning in a virtual literacy camp designed for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Five individual case studies illuminate the unique experiences of camp participants. Building on the work of the Center on Literacy and Deafness, camp features included an emphasis on vocabulary instruction and retention through fast mapping procedures modified for use with elementary school students exploring narrative text. Extension activities reinforced concepts and text comprehension. Student engagement ratings, daily fast mapping trials and comprehension questions comprised quantitative data. Parental feedback, anecdotal notes, and student writing samples comprised qualitative data. Demographic information provided context. Data confirmed vocabulary growth and retention from modified fast mapping procedures. Other results confirmed that a virtual environment can engage learners. Procedures can be extrapolated to other populations of learners.
Open Access Dissertation
Creative Commons License
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Gross, Paula E., "The Nature of Learning in a Virtual Literacy Camp for Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing" (2021). All Theses, Dissertations, and Capstone Projects. 528.