Science Education for Deaf: Reflections of Teachers
The study aims to explore the perception of science teachers regarding learning of science among deaf students and problems faced by deaf students in science classrooms. This study was qualitative in nature and five science teachers of deaf were interviewed regarding their perception and classroom observations were made. The recorded interviews were transcribed and then thematic analysis was done by the researcher and observations were interpreted. It was concluded that teachers are not positive regarding science learning of deaf and their major focus is on content learning rather than inculcating interest and inquiry among students. However teachers are of the view that if equipment and facilities are provided in schools, deaf can learn science through hands on experiences. This study suggests teacher training programs focusing on expecting high goals for deaf and specific strategies to foster science learning among deaf.