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3:6 Wednesday, June 27, 2001

Journey to the Center of the Mind

Editors Call Upon Multiple Disciplines
For an Original Look at Early Education

Studies addressing the cognitive development of deaf children often approach the subject from the strict perspective of one critical discipline; for example, psychology, sociology, anthropology, etc. Each of these fields has it advantages and each its weakness. Context, Cognition, and Deafness, edited by M. Diane Clark, Marc Marschark, and Michael Karchmer, however, offers a broad interdisciplinary take on the effect of familial, cultural, and educational environments on deaf children, combining the best of all disciplines to achieve a unique, critical perspective.

“This volume begins to bridge the gap between the many disciplines focusing on the intersection of cognition and deafness,” Clark writes in her introduction. “Snapshots from the ‘bigger picture’ are included as we increase efforts to network among the diverse researchers investigating aspects of cognition and development among those with varying degrees of hearing loss. The goal is to develop strong connections, both formally and informally, and to understand the impact of deafness on cognition.” The hotly-contested topics of literacy, mind development, and neurophysiology, among others, are all addressed by the leading researchers in their respective fields. Read chapter one, Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Context, Cognition, and Deafness: An Introduction, and order Context, Cognition and Deafness at your exclusive subscriber rate of 20% off the regular price.

The Deaf History International Newsletter published an extensive, glowing review of Horst Biesold’s Crying Hands: Eugenics and Deaf People in Nazi Germany in its Spring 2001 edition. “Crying Hands is an important book for all deaf people,” writes Kristin Harmon, an English teacher at Gallaudet University. “It brings new insight into how eugenics become widely accepted in Nazi Germany, and it has some important implications for deaf people today, in this era of genetic testing and engineering.” Harmon cites the author’s research into the collaborative role of educators of deaf students as particularly valuable: “Biesold builds a damning case against many educators of deaf students, some as young as eight and ten years old. One survivor told Biesold that ‘While the other students...went on holidays, I and a few other deaf students were taken away on the orders of the principal for compulsory sterilization. I wanted to run away, but I knew I didn’t have a chance.’” Read chapter one From Social Darwinism to National Socialism and order Crying Hands.

A Phone of Our Own: The Deaf Insurrection Against Ma Bell, by Harry Lang, received the critical favor of Disability Studies Quarterly in its Winter 2001 issue. Of Lang’s account of the deaf men and women who worked tirelessly to secure affordable TTY access, Robert Buchanan (Illusions of Equality) writes, “This untold story of self-activity is a ‘missing’ chapter in the still unfolding history of the nation’s deaf community, and likely, the work’s most lasting contribution.” Read the complete review, and order A Phone of Our Own.

DSQ also has kind words for Hasta Luego, San Diego: The Flying Fingers Club: “Very high marks are given for how deaf and interpreting issues are treated in this story,” writes Elizabeth Rogovsky, MSW, ABD, of Mount Rainier, MD. “Brief and clear experiences and explanations of these issues are woven into the story line so that young readers learn while enjoying the story. A variety of situations into which the main characters get themselves lend ample opportunities for mini lessons on nuances related to deafness and interpreting.” Read more about Hasta Luego, San Diego.


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