The Effectiveness of Instructional Software on Developing Expressive Language among Students with Mild Hearing Impairment

Maher Tayyseer Sharadqa, Ibrahim Abdullah El-Zraigat

Abstract


The objective of the study was to investigate the effectiveness of instructional software on developing expressive language among students with mild hearing impairment in light of gender (male, female), and age (4-5, 5-6, 6-7). The sample of the study consisted of (30) was selected from Al-Amal School for Deaf in Irbid in the school year of 2009\2010 in the age group (4-7). The sample of the study was assigned randomly into two groups, experimental and control each consisting of (15) students. A Picture Articulation Test prepared by Al-Amayyereh (1998) and the instructional software for articulation training for developing expressive language developed by the researchers were used. Validity and reliability were established, then the training program was administrated for (9) weeks.
Results of the study indicated significant differences were found in students' performance in the post-test in expressive language levels, indicating the effectiveness of the instructional software in developing expressive language among mild hearing impairment students. The findings of the study indicated that there were no significant differences found due to gender. Also, the results showed that there were significant differences found in the post test means scores in the expressive language levels due to age, in favor of (5-6) age group.

Keywords


Mild Hearing Impairment, Hearing Impaired Students, Educational Computer, Special Education, Expressive Language.

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