STEM Ed Talk: Deafness in the Classroom – Two Perspectives
April 2, 2019
UMass Amherst Campus
Deafness in the classroom – Two perspectives from both sides of the desk. Michele Cooke (Geosciences) and Ana Caicedo (Biology).
Implicit in our course and curriculum design is the assumption that students and instructors can hear each other. When deafness enters the classroom, it disrupts this assumption in sometimes frustrating and sometimes wonderful ways. In this interactive Tuesday Talk, Professors Michele Cooke (Geosciences) and Ana Caicedo (Biology) will share their experiences from both sides of the desk. What have we learned from being hard of hearing students that has shaped the way that we teach? While ~14% of the working age (20-69) adult population has significant hearing loss (NIDCD), only 1% of PhDs earned in 2017 went to deaf or hard of hearing people (NCES 2018). Where are all the deaf academics? Cooke and Caicedo will discuss some of the challenges of deaf academics and how we are crowd sourcing solutions and strategies with our blog TheMindHears.org.