Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Education

On Language, Cognition, and Learning: Deaf Education Meets Cognitive Psychology

17 October 2012 - 17 October 2012
E.C. Stoner 7.83

School of Education Guest Seminar

Hosted by the Childhood and Inclusive Education Group.


Wednesday October 17th - 4.30 - 6.00

Room: EC Stoner 7.83*



On Language, Cognition, and Learning: Deaf Education Meets Cognitive Psychology


Marc Marschark, Ph.D.


Center for Education Research Partnerships

National Technical Institute for the Deaf – Rochester Institute of Technology


School of Psychology, University of Aberdeen
Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh



The raising and educating deaf children has had a long but uneasy relationship with research that has come primarily from psychology. Early research on intelligence involving deaf children – who were assumed not to have language – led to conclusions both that higher-level thought did not require language and that higher-level thought did require language. Subsequent research involving deaf children and adults on memory, problem-solving, and reading merged with research on sign language, raising a host of interesting and controversial questions. Most recently, all of these areas have been revisited as a number of investigators have become interested in interactions among language, cognition, and learning. Yet, bridges between research and practice are rare, and deaf children continue to face significant challenges in these domains. If we are to make more progress, both theoretically and practically, we need to better understand how various factors affect learning and development, leaving behind a priori beliefs about what is or is not important and what should or should not work. Weaving together findings concerning language and achievement among deaf learners reveals that we actually know more (and less) than we think we do.


All welcome!

Tea/ coffee and cake will be available from 4.00.  

Please email r.a.swanwick@leeds.ac.uk to give us an idea of numbers.


*Venue: From level 10, red route, take staircase 4, go down to level 7, go through the door ahead, down the corridor to the end, room 7.83 is ahead. http://www.leeds.ac.uk/timetable/assets/map/index.htm  

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