To be able to obtain conclusive results, Rottenberg’s methodology required an observation of Jeffrey, who was at the beginning of the study a 4 year and 6 month-old preschool student, in his classroom for nine months for five hours a week (P.272, C.2, L26-29)detailing Jeffrey’s gestures, body movements, facial expressions, vocalizations, and signs (P.272, C.3, L6-9). Rottenberg also participated in classroom activities to have interacted with Jeffrey and his classmates(P271, C3, L50-53).In addition, interviews with Jeffrey’s parents about their roles, perspectives, and personal observations of their child’s literacy development was also conducted(P.272, C.3, L14-22).
Findings from the case study showed that the first phase of his reading development was influenced by his enthusiasm for books and pictures within it. He points or signs some details he would notice (P273, C.2, L.3-7). Afterward, he learned to read familiar words in context (P.273, C.2. L.15-16). Sign print skill was later on developed and mastered by him until he was able to relate sign print to written English(P274, C.1., L.7-9). Finally, he learned to read independently without the aid of sign print in the last few months of the observation period (P274, C.2, L.3-7). Jeffrey’s positive attitude and interest in reading, the support and constant interaction with his family members and the people around him, and the aid of different literacy materials such as sign print books, charts, and experienced stories played a major role in his reading development.
The author used a naturalistic case study method in this research due to the nature of the questions that were explored (P.129, C.1, L46-49). One of the cases analyzed is a preschool, which involves deaf children from the ages of 3 to 7 years old, in the Preschool I, Preschool II, and Kindergarten levels (P.129, C.2, L.16-27).On the other hand, the case study children – Sue, Andrew, and John – were chosen to be observed to gain approximate data on diverse situations and experiences of deaf children (P.129, C.2, L44-53). Sue was 3.11 years old, Andrew was 5.0 years old, and John was 5.1 years old. .
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