Teachers’ Experiences of Instructing Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students in the Same Self-contained Classroom in Saudi Arabia
Teaching hearing impaired students in self-contained classes is one of the forms of inclusion for those interested in teaching this category. Teaching in these classes is an arduous task for teachers and requires effort and continuous work by teachers. Teachers' challenges are increased when deaf and hard of hearing students are integrated into the same self-contained classroom. The purpose of this phenomenological study was to explore teachers’ lived experiences of teaching deaf and hard of hearing students in the same self-contained classroom in two public elementary schools in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the challenges teachers and students faced in the mixed self-contained classrooms. The study sample included six hearing-impaired teachers from two different schools in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The teachers have teaching experience in the self-contained classroom in public schools ranging from 10-15 years. The findings of this study showed the following: hearing impaired teachers did not receive sufficient training to teach students with hearing impairments, schools administration and educational departments are not qualified to deal with the hearing impaired, hearing impaired students face challenges in the self-contained classrooms, inclusion pro-grams need some improvement to contain hearing impaired students, and the benefits and challenges of integrating the deaf and the hearing impaired in the same classroom environment.
Special education|Disability studies
"Teachers’ Experiences of Instructing Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students in the Same Self-contained Classroom in Saudi Arabia"
ETD Collection for Tennessee State University.