Date of Award



© 2016 Myriah Dixon

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)



First Advisor

Carol Burbank

Second Advisor

Michelle Collay

Third Advisor

Sarah Smith


More research on how ASL/English bilingual schools for the deaf educate hearing families to apply bilingual education methodology at home is warranted. Given the rising use of technology in schools, its role within these family education programs was the primary focus. Thirty-two participants from 22 different schools completed an online, researcher-developed survey. Follow-up, online interviews were conducted with 7 participants, and artifacts were collected from 10 schools. Qualitative and quantitative descriptions express the study’s results based on technology used as an informational and influential tool, counseling and coping tool, diversity tool, and program evaluation tool. Schools are using multiple forms of technology to connect, educate, and support hearing families of deaf children. Email, websites, text messaging, and electronic versions of books / booklets / flyers / brochures are widely used. Social media, online videos, and videophones grant families and educators additional avenues for collaboration. Video messaging, DVD’s, CD’s, podcasts, and online trainings and meetings are less often applied in family programming. This study provides findings to support the continued improvement of family education programming for hearing families of deaf children. Deaf children, their families, service providers, schools for the deaf, and deaf education service provider training programs stand to benefit from the study’s descriptive information.


Ed.D. Dissertation