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Deaf Studies

Overview: 

American Sign Language/Deaf Studies takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of deaf and hard-of-hearing people in American and world society. The program promotes the understanding of deaf people as a linguistic and cultural group and encourages students to analyze existing stereotypes and policies relating to deaf and hard-of-hearing people in order to work both within their own communities and others in affecting change. Students receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Education.  There are two sub-plans within the Deaf Studies degree.  One is Educational interpreting for students who want to pursue work as an interpreter in K - 12 settings.  The other sub-plan is a general one which is designed on an individual basis with each student depending on the area they wish to pursue such as teaching, counseling or advocacy.

Expected Learning Outcomes: 

Language & Communication

Students will use American Sign Language (ASL) and written English to communicate effectively with diverse audiences, for a variety of purposes, and in a variety of settings.

Critical Thinking

Students will summarize, synthesize, and critically analyze ideas from multiple sources in order to draw well-supported conclusions and solve problems.

Identity & Culture

Students will understand themselves, complex social identities, including deaf identities, and the interrelations within and among diverse cultures and groups.

Knowledge & Inquiry

Students will apply knowledge, modes of inquiry, and technological competence from a variety of disciplines in order to understand human experience and the natural world.

Ethics & Social Responsibility

Students will make reasoned ethical judgments, showing awareness of multiple value systems and taking responsibility for the consequences of their actions. They will apply these judgments, using collaboration and leadership skills, to promote social justice in their local, national, and global communities.

Assessment Activities: 

The following chart summarizes the assessment of learning outcomes across courses and assignments.

Course In the Major

Existing assessment activity

Students will use American Sign Language (ASL) and written English to communicate effectively with diverse audiences.

Students will summarize, synthesize, and critically analyze ideas.

Students will understand complex social identities.

Students will apply knowledge, modes of inquiry, and technological competence.

Students will make reasoned ethical judgments.

SERP433a

ASL Project

x

 

x

 

 

SERP433b

Service Learning Project

 

x

 

 

x

SERP433c

Research Project

 

x

 

x

 

SERP433d

Classifier Project

x

 

x

 

 

SERP444a

Final Exam

 

x

 

x

 

 

Assessment Findings: 

Rubric for SERP 433c - Research Project

The rubric that follows will be used to assess outcomes 2 and 4 in the Research Project.  The rubric was developed by the faculty.  The faculty member teaching SERP 433c will complete the rubric upon completion of the students' Research Projects.  

 

Criterion                                          Outcome Measured                  Grade Average: 1- 5 pts    (Spring 2016: n=44) 

Clearly Stated Problem                          #2

 

                                4.0

Adequate Literature Analysis                #2

 

                                4.1     

Appropriate study design                     #2

                                3.9

Adequate data analysis                       #4

 

                                4.0

Well written                                          #2

 

                                  3.5

Defends interpretations                         #4

 

                                  3.6

Defends conclusions                            #4

 

                                 3.9

Ability to anticipate implications             #4

 

                                 4.2

Indication of future research possibilities    #4

                                  4.3

   

 

A score of 1 on an item indicates that the student did not address that criterion.  A score of 4 on a criterion indicates that the student did minimally address that criterion. A score of 3 on an item indicates that the student did some of what was needed for that criterion.  A score of 4 on an item indicates that the student did communicate and identify most of what was needed for that criterion.  A score of 5 on an item indicates that the student did clearly identify, describe, connect and communicate that criterion.

 

Rubric for SERP 433a – ASL Project

The rubric that follows will be used to assess outcomes 1 and 3 in the ASL Project.  The rubric was developed by the faculty.  The faculty member teaching SERP 433a will complete the rubric upon completion of the students' ASL Projects. 

Assessment Findings:

 

Criterion                                          Outcome Measured                  Grade Average: 1 - 5 pts (Fall 2016: n=43)

Clearly Stated Project Goal                     #1

 

                               4.3

Adequate ASL Analysis                          #1

 

                                4.4

Appropriate use of ASL                         #1

                                 4.5

Appropriate use of classifiers                #1

 

                                 3.8

Appropriate Sign Production                #1

 

                                    4.1

Well written                                          #1

 

                                  3.8

Includes understanding of Deaf culture     #3

 

                                   4.7

Includes understanding of Deafhood        #3

 

                                 4.1

Implications of project                              #3

                                   4.6

 

A score of 1 on an item indicates that the student did not address that criterion.  A score of 4 on a criterion indicates that the student did minimally address that criterion. A score of 3 on an item indicates that the student did some of what was needed for that criterion.  A score of 4 on an item indicates that the student did communicate and identify most of what was needed for that criterion.  A score of 5 on an item indicates that the student did clearly identify, describe, connect and communicate that criterion.

 

Rubric for SERP 433b- Service Learning Project

The rubric that follows will be used to assess outcomes 2 and 5 in the Service Learning Project.  The rubric was developed by the faculty.  The faculty member teaching SERP 433b will complete the rubric upon completion of the students' Service Learning Projects. 

Assessment Findings:

Criterion                                        Outcome Measured                   Grade Average: 1 - 5 pts (Spring 2017:n=47)

Clearly Stated Project Theme                 #2

 

                          4.6

Adequate Literature Analysis                #2

 

                         4.3

Appropriate project design                       #2

                      4.0

Understanding of Deaf community need for this project 

#5

 

                         4.8

Well written                                              #2

 

                         3.9

Understanding of ethical considerations of project within the community                               #5

 

                        4.4

Understanding of ethical complications of the project within the community                               #5

 

                           4.5

Implications for the Deaf community           #5

 

                         4.0

Indication of future project possibilities       #5

                          4.0

A score of 1 on an item indicates that the student did not address that criterion.  A score of 4 on a criterion indicates that the student did minimally address that criterion. A score of 3 on an item indicates that the student did some of what was needed for that criterion.  A score of 4 on an item indicates that the student did communicate and identify most of what was needed for that criterion.  A score of 5 on an item indicates that the student did clearly identify, describe, connect and communicate that criterion.

 

Rubric for SERP 433d- Classifier Project

The rubric that follows will be used to assess outcomes 1 and 3 in the Classifier Project.  The rubric was developed by the faculty.  The faculty member teaching SERP 433d will complete the rubric upon completion of the students' Classifier Projects.

Assessment Findings:

Criterion                                      Outcome Measured                    Grade Average: 1 - 5 points (Spring 2016:n=45)

Clearly Stated Project Goal                   #1

 

                            4.5

Adequate ASL Analysis                        #1

 

                             4.2

Appropriate use of ASL                       #1

                              4.6

Appropriate use of classifiers             #1

 

                           4.1

Well written                                          #1

 

                             3.8

Appropriate use of Size and Shape Specifiers  #1

 

                            4.0

Includes understanding of role of ASL in Deaf community                                           #3

 

                            4.2

Includes understanding of role of classifiers in Deaf community                                              #3

                           4.3

Implications of project                            #3

                           4.5

A score of 1 on an item indicates that the student did not address that criterion.  A score of 4 on a criterion indicates that the student did minimally address that criterion. A score of 3 on an item indicates that the student did some of what was needed for that criterion.  A score of 4 on an item indicates that the student did communicate and identify most of what was needed for that criterion.  A score of 5 on an item indicates that the student did clearly identify, describe, connect and communicate that criterion.

 

 

Rubric for SERP 444a- Final Exam

The rubric that follows will be used to assess outcomes 2 and 4 in the Final Exam.   The rubric was developed by the faculty.  The faculty member teaching SERP 444a will complete the rubric upon completion of the students' Final Exams.

Assessment Findings:

 

Criterion                                     Outcome Measured                Grade Average: 1 - 5 points (Summer 2017: n=26)

Demonstrate understanding of ASL Prosody      #2

 

                           4.2

Demonstrate understanding of ASL Compression   #2

 

                            4.4

Demonstrate understanding of ASL Expansion     #2

                           4.4

Critically analyze use of fingerspelling in ASL     #2

 

                            4.0

Critically analyze use of numbering system in ASL  #2

 

                           4.1

Defends use of ASL in Deaf community             #4

 

                         4.7

Defends use of ASL in education                     #4

 

                       4.6

Accurate ASL Production                                 #2

 

                        4.0

Implications and Future of ASL in the Deaf Community #4

                       4.3

A score of 1 on an item indicates that the student did not address that criterion.  A score of 4 on a criterion indicates that the student did minimally address that criterion. A score of 3 on an item indicates that the student did some of what was needed for that criterion.  A score of 4 on an item indicates that the student did communicate and identify most of what was needed for that criterion.  A score of 5 on an item indicates that the student did clearly identify, describe, connect and communicate that criterion.

 

 

 

 

 

Change in Response to Findings: 

Based on results of the rubrics above, faculty will discuss the findings at the meeting that is held at the end of each semester.  Ifnecessary, changes can then be made to the rubric or course content for the following semester. The Teacher Course Evaluations will also be evaluated for input from the students.  In addition, an exit survey has been developed for students to give their feedback on each of the assessments.  

Updated date: Thu, 09/21/2017 - 12:22