Original Research

The needs of teachers of children with hearing loss within the inclusive education system

Catherine van Dijk, René Hugo, Brenda Louw
South African Journal of Communication Disorders | Vol 51, No 1 | a208 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajcd.v51i1.208 | © 2019 Catherine van Dijk, René Hugo, Brenda Louw | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 07 October 2016 | Published: 31 December 2004

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Catherine van Dijk, Department of Communication Pathology, University of Pretoria, South Africa
René Hugo, Department of Communication Pathology, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Brenda Louw, Department of Communication Pathology, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

In South Africa, the current movement towards the inclusion of children with disabilities, including children with hearing loss, is likely to have far-reaching consequences for both teachers and learners. Undoubtedly, needs will arise from teachers during the transition, especially in the areas pertaining to the audiological and educational management of children with hearing loss. Therefore, a descriptive research design was developed comprising of a questionnaire survey followed by focus group interviews to determine teachers needs. The questionnaire survey explored the needs of 664 teachers while focus group interviews were conducted with 19 teachers of children with hearing loss. Teachers were mostly from special schools as only a very small number of children are educated outside these establishments. Findings revealed that, although participants realised the importance of various aspects of development of the child with hearing loss, they generally did not realise the importance of receiving support from an educational audiologist.

Keywords

children with hearing loss; educational audiologist; educational audiology; inclusion; needs of teachers; teacher support

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