The School Career of Children With Hearing Loss in Different Primary Educational Settings-A Large Longitudinal Nationwide Study

Tirza F.K. van der Straaten, Jeroen J. Briaire, Evelien Dirks, Wim Soede, Carolien Rieffe, Johan H.M. Frijns*

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Abstract

Children with hearing loss (HL) are at risk for a lower educational achievement. This longitudinal study compared the school career of a nationwide Dutch cohort with and without HL based on descriptive data of the governmental authority Statistics Netherlands. From 2008 to 2018, 3,367,129 children, of whom 1,193 used cochlear implants (CIs) and 8,874 used hearing aids (HAs), were attending primary and/or secondary education. Sixty-one percent of children with HL attended mainstream and 31% special primary education. Compared to mainstreamed pupils without HL, mainstreamed pupils with HL achieved lower levels for language and mathematics in primary education but eventually attended comparable types of secondary education. Children with HL attending special primary education attained lower types of secondary education compared to mainstreamed peers with and without HL. These findings suggest that future educational (and as a result professional) attainment of a child with HL depends on the type of primary educational setting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)405-416
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education
Volume26
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jun 2021
Externally publishedYes

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