|Portal for Sign Language Assessments|
| Posted on 23/03/2014 - 17:15|
The portal for sign language assessments aims at providing a Web-based solution to implement sign language tests to be used in schools and universities worldwide to assess the sign language development of children/students.
Deaf children are often identified at being delayed in their language development (both spoken and sign language) compared to their hearing peers. Language is a crucial variable for the development of children and their later academic success. There exist some sign language tests in different countries that can be used, but no attempt has been made so far to centralize resources not only in providing the right technical solutions to host, e.g. different sign language versions of a test, but also to be able to collect data on the language development of deaf children across borders and so better understand the heterogeneity of this population, which in term will help us to improve education and social/professional inclusion.
When the Web-based portal for signed language tests is available, it will be possible to implement different sign language tests that are available worldwide and make them accessible for practitioners in the respective countries. Through national deaf and teachers' associations, the schools will learn about the test. The collected data will in turn also help us to understand then sign language development of deaf children better. Since the populations is very small (1:1'000), the portal offers the opportunity to collect data over a longer period of time to develop language profiles/profiles on the deaf children's heterogeneous sign language development. This will inform the basis for intervention for sign language development that also can be used in schools.
Target group and social impact
The primary target group are deaf children, but also teachers and parents. The children will profit the most since a better understanding of language development will inform for intervention and as a consequence an improvement in education. Education is the key factor for social and professional inclusion. This way deaf people have access to education and have the possibility to develop his/own career, and become equal partners in our societies.
Competences of the applicant
Ph.D. in sign language test development, hosting of a website on sign language tests since 2001, numerous publications, presentations and workshops on this topic in different contexts, currently setting up an online version of a receptive skills tests that exists in three different sign languages (www.signlanguagetest.com)
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