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Research into literacy outcomes for
Deaf and Hard of Hearing children.

Updated: 13th January 2017 Research into literacy outcomes for Deaf and Hard of Hearing children 2017.We know that literacy is a vital element in any child’s education and has a big influence on their career and life prospects. And we also know that literacy outcomes for Deaf and Hard of Hearing children, both nationally and internationally, has been historically very poor. At present we have very little information on the literacy outcomes for these children in Ireland.

So it is most welcome that a research study examining literacy outcomes for Deaf and Hard of Hearing children in mainstream schools in Ireland is underway and the researchers are presently looking for participants. If you have a Deaf or Hard of Hearing child and between 1st and 6th class in a mainstream primary school, they would be interested in hearing from you! 

Research outline

Dr Elizabeth Mathews (Dublin City University) and Dr Margaret O’Donnell (Independent Researcher) are recruiting participants for their study examining literacy outcomes for pupils who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in mainstream primary schools.  You will receive a copy of your child’s test results if you choose to take part.

To be involved in this research study, your child must:

  • be between 1st class – 6th class in a mainstream school;

  • be in a mainstream class (i.e. not enrolled in any category of special class/unit) – it is okay if they receive resource teaching outside the mainstream class;

  • be on the visiting teachers active caseload (i.e. receiving occasional visits in the school);

it is okay if they have an additional special educational need other than deafness, but deafness should be their main reason for receipt of educational supports (as determined by the school).

How to get involved

To receive more information on the study, email Dr Elizabeth Mathews at or phone 01–8842247, providing your name, address and contact telephone number, along with your child’s name, the name of their school, and what class they are currently in. Recruitment of participants will end on 24th February 2017.

Please note: full informed consent will be sought from you, your child and the school before taking part.


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