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Technologically framed participation: A glimpse from everyday school life of two mainstreamed pupils with cochlear implants in Sweden
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics, Swedish as a Second Language for the Deaf. Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics, Sign Language.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8762-7118
2015 (English)In: Educating Diverse Learners: Many Ways, One Goal / [ed] Penny Panagiopoulou, Mirto Markopoulou and Andreas Xeroudakis, 2015Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In Sweden, deaf pupils were traditionally placed in segregated deaf schools. However, during the last decade, the number of children attending mainstream schools after receiving cochlear implants (CIs) has increased dramatically, resulting in lower attendance at deaf schools. Despite the significance of this trend, there exists little knowledge regarding the everyday lives of these pupils in mainstream settings. This paper examines how pupils with CIs interact with school staff and other pupils in classroom settings and how different technologies (e.g. hearing aids and microphones) are used there. Furthermore, it aims to identify opportunities and limitations regarding the pupils’ participation in communication and teaching. The paper builds upon data from an ethnographic study in which fieldwork was conducted in two mainstream Swedish classrooms, both of which including one pupil with CIs. Interaction in these classrooms was documented through participant observations, video recordings and field notes, and the analysis shows that audiologically-oriented and communicative-link technologies play major roles in everyday interaction by both facilitating and limiting the participation of pupils with CIs in different ways, and that it mostly is the school staff that determine how and when these shall be used. The results also indicate that the pupils are largely responsible for their own participation. Overall, the current paper provides a glimpse of one way to educate children with CIs in Sweden, namely, in mainstream schools, and the focus is on what really happens in the technologically framed interaction in these classrooms.

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cochlear implants, interaction, mainstream, technology, sociohistoric
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-118971OAI: diva2:842752
22nd International Congress on the Education of the Deaf July 6 - 9, 2015, Athens, Greece
Available from: 2015-07-22 Created: 2015-07-22 Last updated: 2015-07-24Bibliographically approved

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