ANNOUNCING New Web posting of research study...

Valerie Sutton dac at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Tue Sep 25 01:50:10 UTC 2007

SignWriting List
September 25, 2007

Announcing a new posting September 25, 2007!

A newly designed web page:

SignWriting in Arabic Nations

Includes links for downloading new documents, such as:

Research Study, Jordan 2007
Jordan University, Al-Amal School for the Deaf

Research Study, Saudi Arabia 2002
Alqasseem-Boraydah Deaf Children Institute

Two statistical research studies in Deaf Saudi Arabia,  
2002 and in Jordan, 2007 point to better scholastic achievement for  
Deaf students who learned SignWriting, in comparison to other control  
groups that did not learn SignWriting...

Both studies are posted in Arabic, with their respective English  
translations. The Jordan 2007 study is the doctoral thesis of Dr.  
Mohammed Mahmod AbuShaira, at Jordan University, and 30 pages of that  
dissertation are translated into English...

We ran out of funds to pay for the full 170-page dissertation to be  
translated from Arabic to English, but the 30 pages that are  
translated provide the statistical results of the study, which shows  
that Deaf students in Jordan did better in school, if they were  
provided SignWriting for reading and writing their signed languages...

I am still reading the studies and trying to absorb all of the  

I look forward to someday finding the funds to translate the entire  
Arabic dissertation to English...

Many thanks to Dr. AbuShaira for this gift of research and data...

We need more statistical research studies like these...

Val ;-)

Valerie Sutton
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