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Adult college learners of British Sign Language : educational provision and learner self-report variables associated with exam success

Allbutt, JD and Ling, J 2016, 'Adult college learners of British Sign Language : educational provision and learner self-report variables associated with exam success' , Sign Language Studies, 16 (3) , pp. 330-360.

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Abstract

This study investigated educational provision and learner self-report factors associated with exam success for adult learners of British Sign Language (BSL) studying either Level 1 or Level 2 courses. These levels are equivalent to the first and second year of a United Kingdom General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) qualification. Two hundred and thirty five students from three further education colleges answered a self-report questionnaire covering a range of variables. Analysis of the data suggests that: 1) success rates differed markedly for Level 1 and 2; 2) enhancements of educational provision, such as the use of extra conversational classes, appeared to play a role in increasing exam success rates; 3) individual factors associated with exam success varied between course level and between types of provision; 4) variables related to exam success at Level 2 were more numerous and more specifically related to the learning of sign language than those seen at Level 1; 5) Effect sizes seen for enhancements of educational provision were larger in size than for individual characteristics. These results offer insights into the factors that affect the success rates of people learning sign language.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The article appeared in Sign Language Studies, Volume 16 # 3, Spring 2016
Schools: Schools > School of Health Sciences > Centre for Health Sciences Research
Journal or Publication Title: Sign Language Studies
Publisher: Gallaudet University Press -
ISSN: 0302-1475
Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: JD Allbutt
Date Deposited: 31 May 2016 15:26
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2016 07:16
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/39063

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