SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada)

2014-2017 SSHRC Insight Grant: Grammar Acquisition for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students: Investigating an Evidence-Based Intervention and Assessment

The purpose of this project was to advance our knowledge about particular assessments and software-based interventions in order to increase language and literacy skills for students who are d/Deaf or hard of hearing. Specifically this study investigated the ability of a grammar software program to increase literacy skills, the ability of a new test to capture changes in the comprehension of written grammar, and the role of vocabulary in grammar comprehension for students who are d/Deaf or hard of hearing.

This project was developed by my DHH Links to Literacy Research Lab team, which includes Dr. Anita Hubley, Nancy Norman, Alayna Finley, Julia O’Loughlin, Lauren Phelan, and Bryan Weber. 

2011-2013 SSHRC Insight Development Grant: Comprehension of Written Grammar – CWG: Validating an Assessment for Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

The focus of this study was to determine the construct validity, content validity, and reliability of the Comprehension of Written Grammar (CWG; Easterbrooks, 2010) test, which assesses 26 grammar structures. Participants included 98 students from a variety of settings and results indicate the CWG is a promising, emerging grammar assessment for students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing.