“Accuracy of Sign Interpreting & Real-Time to Deaf Students” Part III

“Accuracy of Sign Interpreting & Real-Time to Deaf Students”
Part III of III

By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved.

Part I is posted April 7, 2010, at www.monettebenoit.com
Part II is posted, April 19, 2010.

Last month I shared “A Number of Firsts In Science Education With Karen Sadler, Ph.D.” Karen created ‘firsts’ graduating with a bachelor’s in neuroscience and acceptance to the Center for Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh for graduate work.

Karen was born severely hard of hearing. She lost almost all hearing by 1991 and had a cochlear implant that failed. Then Karen “had to learn ASL, American Sign Language, to be able to get information in school.”

Karen Sadler used ASL while working on her bachelor’s and master’s degree.

When she started her Ph.D. work, Karen began to work with CART providers.

The drive is on to utilize court reporters in schools from K through 12. But just because third-party communicators are available in a classroom does not guarantee accuracy of delivery, especially in classrooms involving science and math.

With the continuing closure of schools for the Deaf in the United States, and placement of these Deaf students into public schools, it has become necessary to find means to ensure these students obtain the same amount and the same quality of information available to their hearing peers.

Steno-based services are becoming more common in secondary schools, but research is needed to determine how accurate the information is that these students are receiving, especially since Deaf students continue to have problems meeting national standards in science and math.


CART providers had an accuracy of 98 percent compared to the interpreters’ accuracy rate of 73 percent and were found to be significantly more accurate in the delivery of science words as compared to sign language interpreters in this study.

The few mistakes made by CART providers were probably due to the fact that most often the software program that used a legal dictionary, and certain science terms were not recognized by those dictionaries.

Background information provided by all the participants indicated that the amount of training received by court reporters, as well as the fact that the training is standardized across the nation, made a huge difference in the information that would be conveyed to Deaf students.

Interpreters for the Deaf do not receive the same quality of training, nor are they required to meet the same national standards. It varies from state to state and from certification program to program.

So, according to this information from this study, does that mean schools should rush out and hire court reporters instead of sign language interpreters for Deaf students? Not necessarily.

Deaf students come at the English language later in life than hearing students.

Their vocabulary is often smaller, and the reading skills required to follow a steno-based system in the classroom may make these systems difficult for some students to follow.

It has yet to be determined if and how much real-time captioning improves learning in Deaf students.

One thing that will determine how much these systems can be used in secondary classrooms is the speed with which the student will see the captioning on the screen.

Previous research has shown that the faster the rate of captioning, the less understanding there is of the material.

Information that is moved too quickly off the screen not only decreases comprehension, but frustrates Deaf students.

If students can be given some type of control over this rate, it may allow for more complete understanding.

Equal access and opportunity in education for Deaf students will not be achievable until they are able to receive the same information as their hearing peers.

Since they depend upon information given to them through third-party communicators, it is vital that that information is correct.

This preliminary research demonstrates that steno-based systems could increase the amount of information that Deaf students receive in public classrooms, and that would probably lead to better achievement in science and math on standardized tests.

Karen’s dissertation can be accessed: http://etd.library.pitt.edu/ETD/available/etd-07212009-201144/

Karen Sadler, Ph.D., may be reached: klseduethics@hotmail.com

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