A summary of the reading comprehension research undertaken with students who are deaf or hard of hearing

Am Ann Deaf. 2008 Spring;153(1):6-36. doi: 10.1353/aad.0.0006.


The American Federation of Teachers (1999) has stated that "the most fundamental responsibility of schools is teaching students to read" (p. 7). The central purpose of reading is comprehension--constructing meaning from text. The purpose of the present study was to identify, review, and summarize the research published in professional peer-reviewed journals related to reading comprehension and school-age students who are deaf or hard of hearing between 1963 and 2005. Fifty-two studies were identified and reviewed. The results were summarized in a table and reported descriptively. The most frequently researched reading comprehension teaching strategies were identified and discussed. The need for more research in this critical area was noted.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Cognition*
  • Deafness*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Persons With Hearing Impairments*
  • Reading*
  • Students*