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Symbolic Skills in the Deaf: Some Recent Developments in Research

  • David Wood

Abstract

In the past, psychologists have looked to the deaf as a source of data in developing and testing hypotheses about the role of language in cognitive functioning. The most widely known and debated work along these lines was that undertaken by Furth in the 1960’s (e.g. Furth, 1966; 1971). Furth argued that his studies proved that deaf children with no language showed delayed but not deviant intellectual functioning. Using a range of Piagetian tasks, he found that deaf subjects achieved normal, concrete operational thinking, although they did so some years later than is usual for hearing people. Furth concluded that deafness does not lead to grossly impaired intelligence.

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Sign Language Deaf Child Deaf People Hearing Child Deaf Student 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Wood
    • 1
  1. 1.Deafness Research GroupUniversity of NottinghamEngland

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