Monday, December 10, 2007
I exchanged a couple more emails after initially speaking to David Zajac. He told me that he feels the worst part about a speech impairment is lowered self esteem while the worst part of hearing loss is social isolation. The two often go hand in hand since "we basically speak the way we hear" and these individuals cannot hear well. He also stated that "profoundly deaf individuals often have limited speech, thus the social isolation".
I tried to talk to an educational expert on campus like suggested by Corrinne. However, that was even more pointless than the first interview since the health professionals on campus focus on college students opposed to the children I am researching in my paper. I got mainly general information that I already had before. I should have talked to someone who deals with younger kids but time did not permit this.
So I guess overall I was not a big fan of the expert interview since I have such a narrow topic that it is hard to get in contact with someone who directly researches with what I am researching.
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Saturday, December 1, 2007
As my expert, I is talked to David Zajac a professor in the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences here at UNC. He has earned a PhD in Communication Disorders, a Masters in Speech Pathology/Audiology , and a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from the University of Pittsburg. He focuses on speaking with craniofacial abnormalities.
He informed me that the most common cause of hearing impairment from birth is OME. I have found a lot of research on OME, and I am thinking about narrowing my topic even more to focus only on this condition. However overall, I am not sure this expert interview was that enlightening. He reaffirmed most of my research, but since he is not a specialist in education or children I did not learn as much as I hoped. I think I am going to conduct a second expert interview with someone in the education field, and hopefully between the two interviews and study fields I can shed more light on my research.
Monday, November 26, 2007
I'm also completing some more annotated bibliographies in order assist my researching thought process.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
The problem I'm having right now is that some of my information in contradictory. One study states that there are major differences in language acquisition and the others don't claim these differences are significant. I am inclined to believe in the majority of these studies, but I'm not sure how to explain the one.
I would also like to comment once again on how strange I think it is that having a hearing disorder doesn't really horribly affect one's learning ability and educational goals. Human adaptability is amazing.
Monday, October 29, 2007
I haven't been using as many online resources as I should. I really need to start to parse all this information and get stuff into a workable format. However, I will probably wait to do that until later. I just need to research even more.