Academic attainment in deaf and hard-of-hearing students in distance education

Richardson, John T. E. (2015). Academic attainment in deaf and hard-of-hearing students in distance education. Open Learning, 30(2) pp. 164–177.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/02680513.2015.1071245

Abstract

This study compared outcomes in deaf and hard-of-hearing (DHH) students and nondisabled students taking courses by distance learning with the UK Open University in 2012. DHH students who had no additional disabilities were more likely to complete their courses than nondisabled students, and they were just as likely to pass the courses that they completed and to obtain good grades on the courses that they passed. DHH students who had additional disabilities were less likely to complete their courses, less likely to pass the courses that they completed, and less likely to obtain good grades on the courses that they pass than were nondisabled students. It is concluded that hearing loss per se has no effect on academic attainment, but that additional disabilities may have an impact on DHH students’ academic performance.

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