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Personality traits and academic achievement of deaf and heard-of-hearing students in special schools

Špela Ravnikar (2014) Personality traits and academic achievement of deaf and heard-of-hearing students in special schools. Diploma thesis.

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    This thesis examines the connection between personal traits of deaf and hard-of-hearing (DHH) adolescents (primary and secondary school students) from specialised schools and their learning achievements. The theoretical introduction defines the term personality and different personality theories. The five factor model of personality is presented in detail, as well as different approaches that led to its final form. The term learning achievement is defined, along with the factors described that affect it. The introduction focuses on the DHH, their traits and learning achievements, as well as on the examination of their education in the past and today. The empirical part introduces the study on the connection between personal traits of DHH adolescents from specialised schools and their learning achievements that included 13 students from 6th to 9th grade from the Ljubljana School for the Deaf (ZGN) and from the Centre for Hearing and Speech Maribor, and 21 secondary school students from ZGN. By means of data analysis, we expect to find the answers to the questions: do personal (sub)traits of DHH adolescents differ from the standards of their normally hearing peers; which personal (sub)traits of those adolescents are statistically significant in relation to their final grades in mathematics, Slovenian and English, and the average final grade; is there a statistically significant difference in their personal (sub)traits depending on their educational stage and do DHH students from specialised primary schools have higher grades in those subjects compared to the secondary schools students. The results show that DHH female primary school students scored lower in conscientiousness and complaisance and higher in social shyness, compared to their normally hearing peers. It was further established that no statistically significant relation exists between personal (sub)traits of DHH adolescents and their final grades in the above mentioned subjects, as well as the average final grade. DHH secondary school students achieved statistically better results in strong will, compared to DHH primary school students. However, DHH primary school students compared to DHH secondary school students did not have statistically significant higher grades in those subjects, nor the average final grade.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: deaf and hard-of-hearing adolescents, personality, personal traits, learning achievement, specialised institution
    Number of Pages: 72
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Helena Smrtnik VitulićMentor
    izr. prof. dr. Irena LesarComentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=10157129)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 2342
    Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2014 14:03
    Last Modified: 13 Nov 2015 12:32
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/2342

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