Building blocks for vocabulary – linguistic interventions for school-aged children with hearing loss (PhD-project)

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Children with hearing loss do not have the same access to auditory input as their typical hearing peers (Photo: Shane Colvin, UiO).

About the project

Objectives

The PhD-project has two main objectives. The first is to conduct a systematic review (meta-analysis) of high-quality language interventions for children with hearing loss. The second objective is to perform an intervention study to investigate the effectiveness of a morphology-based app in improving the vocabulary of children with hearing loss. The intervention study will build on the evidence-based app Kaptein Morf.

A good vocabulary is an important resource for everyday communication as well as academic skills such as literacy and learning through language for children with typical hearing and children with hearing loss alike. As children continuously add new words to their vocabularies, degraded auditory input places the vocabulary development of children with hearing loss at risk. For this group of children, morphological knowledge, knowledge about the smallest meaningful elements of words (such as co- in cooperate and -ed in walked) appears to be particularly vulnerable. For this reason, interventions targeting morphology may support the vocabulary development of children with hearing loss and potentially reduce the gap to their typically hearing peers.

Background

  • The duration of the PhD-project is four years, from autumn 2020 to autumn 2024.
  • Main supervisor: Janne von Koss Torkildsen, Department of special needs education, UiO
  • Co-supervisor: Ona Bø Wie, Department of special needs education, UiO

Tools

Kaptein Morf (app)

 

 

Published Mar. 25, 2021 6:48 PM - Last modified Mar. 25, 2021 6:48 PM