‘But I feel more at home in the Deaf world even if I can talk’: D/deaf adolescents’ experiences of transitioning from a mainstream school to a Deaf school in Sweden

Autor/a: ANDERSSON, Sara; LYNBÄCK, Liz Adams
Año: 2022
Editorial: Deafness & Education International, 24(3)
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Digital




Since the late 1990s, the majority of D/deaf students enter schooling in a mainstream setting. Little has been written about their experiences and how a change in school settings impacts their learning and social identity. In this study, semi-structured interviews have been conducted with nine students, and the results show that their time in a mainstream school setting has led them to construct a marginal or negative social identity, but after transitioning to a Deaf school, the social identity has shifted towards a positive one. According to students, this is due to feelings of belonging as equal members of the social group where they are given the opportunity to develop language skills that allow them to communicate without restrictions. The students also report improvement in academic achievements as a result of the sign bilingual school setting. Parents and D/deaf students need to experience the different language settings to make an informed decision.