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Resource Rooms vs Separate Classes

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            One can find deaf students in either a resource room or in a separate classroom within a public school, dominated by hearing pupils. Deaf students who are placed in separate classes receive primarily all of their instruction from a teacher of the deaf beside their deaf peers. Students who are in a resource room have been pulled out from the general classroom for part of the day in order to be instructed on a specific subject.

            Teachers who work as a resource room educator have an assortment of tasks. They consult with the student, collaborate with the classroom material and general education teacher, teach the deaf or hard of hearing student directly, and provide support in the regular classroom.

            Both resource rooms and separate classes contain many deaf students who are able to socialize and interact with each other regularly. It is not uncommon that these deaf students mostly interact with each other when they are in the general education classroom with their hearing peers. However, deaf students who are in separate classes do not have as many opportunities as the students in a resource room have to socialize with the students in the general education classrooms.




Stinson, M. S., & Kluwin, T. N. (2003). Educational consequences of alternative

     school placements. In M. Marschark & P. E. Spences (Eds.), Deaf studies,

     language, and education (pp. 52-64). New York: Oxford University Press.


Educational Issues of Deaf Students

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