Brown Bag Lecture Series: Ye Wang

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 11:45am - 1:00pm

GSE 124

Brown Bag Lecture Series

Is Multitasking Effective? Effect of Communication Mode on Story Recall

Ye Wang

Teacher's College, Columbia University


This presentation reports on a study that compared sign-only to simultaneous sign and speech (SIMCOM) on recall of stories by deaf children. Thirty-six 11 to 14-year-old deaf students were presented with a series of short stories bimodally (using simultaneous sign and speech/SIMCOM) and unimodally (using sign-only) and then asked to recall whatever they could remember. A within-subject analysis was used to examine the differences in recall scores as a function of communication mode. Participants scored significantly higher in the sign-only condition than in the SIMCOM condition. There were no differences due to age, gender, home language, pure-tone average, or type of hearing-assistive technology (hearing aids or cochlear implants), but scores in both groups correlated with standardized reading scores. The finding of improved recall with sign-only presentation suggests that simultaneous speech and sign may have compromised comprehension by competing for limited attentional resources. The findings challenge the use of SIMCOM in classrooms.


Ye Wang, Professor of Education and Psychology, and the Program Coordinator for Education of the d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing (EDHH) Program in the Department of Health and Behavior Studies at Teachers College, earned both her M.A. and Ph.D. from the School of Teaching & Learning at The Ohio State University. Born to deaf parents, Dr. Wang has witnessed the struggles of Chinese deaf individuals in obtaining their education: her father never went to school, while at the age of forty her mother became the first deaf individual to gain a college degree in her hometown. These unique experiences have contributed to her immense passion in the field of Deaf Education. Dr. Wang’s primary research interest is the language and literacy development of students who are d/Deaf or hard of hearing. Her other research and scholarly interests include multiple literacies, technology and literacy instruction, inclusive education, research methodology, and early intervention. Currently, Dr. Wang is serving as the Senior Associate Editor for American Annals of the Deaf. So far, she has authored/co-authored three books as well as numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed academic journal articles.

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