Assessing Literacy in Deaf Individuals

Neurocognitive Measurement and Predictors

  • Donna Morere
  • Thomas Allen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Rationale and Participant Characteristics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Elizabeth Halper, Thomas Allen, Donna A. Morere
      Pages 3-19
  3. Cognitive Functioning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
    2. Donna A. Morere, Evan Goodman, Shilpa Hanumantha, Thomas Allen
      Pages 39-58
    3. Donna A. Morere, Wyatte C. Hall, Thomas Allen
      Pages 59-73
    4. Donna A. Morere
      Pages 75-104
  4. Academic Achievement

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Donna A. Morere
      Pages 107-126
  5. Linguistic Functioning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Donna A. Morere, Gregory Witkin, Leah Murphy
      Pages 141-157
    3. Donna A. Morere, Daniel S. Koo
      Pages 159-178
    4. Donna A. Morere, Rachel Roberts
      Pages 179-189
    5. Raylene Paludneviciene, Peter C. Hauser, Dorri J. Daggett, Kim B. Kurz
      Pages 191-207
    6. Corine Bickley, Mary June Moseley, Anna Stansky
      Pages 209-227
  6. Further Analyses and Translational Implications

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 263-268

About this book


Humans’ development of literacy has been a recent focus of intense research across the reading, cognitive, and neuroscience fields. But for individuals who are deaf—who rely greatly on their visual skills for language and learning—the findings don’t necessarily apply, leaving theoretical and practical gaps in approaches to their education.

Assessing Literacy in Deaf Individuals: Neurocognitive Measurement and Predictors narrows these gaps by introducing the VL2 Toolkit, a comprehensive test battery for assessing the academic skills and cognitive functioning of deaf persons who use sign language. Skills measured include executive functioning, memory, reading, visuospatial ability, writing fluency, math, and expressive and receptive language. Comprehensive data are provided for each, with discussion of validity and reliability issues as well as ethical and legal questions involved in the study. And background chapters explain how the Toolkit was compiled, describing the procedures of the study, its rationale, and salient characteristics of its participants. This notable book:

  • Describes each Toolkit instrument and the psychometric properties it measures.
  • Presents detailed findings on test measures and relationships between skills.
  • Discusses issues and challenges relating to visual representations of English, including fingerspelling and lipreading.
  • Features a factor analysis of the Toolkit measures to identify underlying cognitive structures in deaf learners.
  • Reviews trends in American Sign Language assessment.

Assessing Literacy in Deaf Individuals is an essential reference for researchers, graduate students, clinicians, and other professionals working in the field of deafness and deaf education across in such areas as clinical child and school psychology, audiology, and linguistics.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Donna Morere
    • 1
  • Thomas Allen
    • 2
  1. 1., Department of PsychologyGallaudet UniversityWashingtonUSA
  2. 2., Science of Learning Center onGallaudet UniversityWashingtonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-5268-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-5269-0
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