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Curriculum Design in Dutch Deaf Education

Curriculum Design in Dutch Deaf Education

(p.573) 25 Curriculum Design in Dutch Deaf Education
Educating Deaf Learners
Annet de KlerkConnie FortgensAnnelies van der Eijk
Oxford University Press

High-quality education for deaf and hard-of-hearing students requires adequate curricula and learning materials to meet their needs. Sprong Vooruit (Leap Forward) is a group of experts focusing on bilingual education and curriculum development in the Netherlands. All organizations involved in the education of deaf and hard-of-hearing children and several experts on curriculum development participate in this group. Since the late 1990s Sprong Vooruit has been developing bilingual curriculum and teaching materials for sign language, for spoken and written Dutch, and for cultural identity. Recently Sprong Vooruit developed digital, Web-based reading texts. This chapter describes the theoretical frameworks and concepts underpinning the curricula and the content of the curricula. It also offers recommendations for establishing and maintaining nationwide curriculum development for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

Keywords:   deaf, hard of hearing, curriculum, bilingual education, spoken language, written language, sign language, cultural identity

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