Gallaudet University Press

10:3 Tuesday, March 25, 2008

My, How They Have Grown!

Revisiting Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children
to Track Their Development

In Deaf Adolescents: Inner Lives and Lifeworld Development, Martha A. Sheridan reveals how the lives of the seven deaf and hard of hearing children have progressed since she first interviewed them, between the ages of seven and ten, and published the findings of her results in Inner Lives of Deaf Children: Interviews and Analysis. It was in this landmark study that we learned about their families, their challenges and joys, and their hopes and dreams for their future as “grown ups.”

Deaf Adolescents takes us a step further. Now teenagers between the ages of thirteen and seventeen, “they have grown physically, mentally, and emotionally,” notes Irene W. Leigh and Patricia E. Spencer in their foreword. “They have accrued more experiences and have been through many changes at school, with peers, in their communities, and within their own families. Again, Dr. Sheridan allows them to tell us, in their own words, what all of these experiences have meant to them and how they have adjusted and accommodated to the challenges they face daily. Now, the future, adulthood, is becoming a reality, and the adolescents’ concerns, hopes, and plans are beginning to take shape as they continue to make their way through the complicated world of adolescence.”

Read more about these adolescents’ lifeworld development in chapter eleven, How They Have Grown!, and order this follow-up study online or by mail to receive a special savings of 20% off the regular price. When ordering online, type “MAR0820%” in the “Comments or Special Instructions” box below your credit card information.

SIGNews, a newspaper for the signing community, had nothing but praises for Teaching from the Heart and Soul: The Robert F. Panara Story in its February 2008 issue: “This book will be enjoyed by people who love baseball, people who are interested in learning about deaf education philosophies and methods, people who like drama and poetry, and by people who just like a good book.” Teaching from the Heart and Soul by Harry G. Lang, the sixth volume in the Deaf Lives series, features the life of a great deaf teacher renowned for his vivacious drama and literature classes, and for helping to found the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) and the National Theatre of the Deaf. Read more about the life of Robert F. Panara in chapter sixteen, Being and Reading. You may also view the table of contents online, and order Teaching from the Heart and Soul here.

In the spring 2008 issue of the Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, high marks were given to Rachel M. Hartig’s Crossing the Divide: Representations of Deafness in Biography: “In this engaging book, Professor Hartig elucidates a theory of biography that says that by reading biographies we learn a great deal about the values and experiences of the writer as well as the subject. This book adds an important chapter to the canon that examines the lives of deaf individuals; it is accessible and useful. I relished the time I spent with these intelligent, creative, and moral human beings.” (Read the full review here.) Crossing the Divide offers an unusual perspective of the process by which three deaf French biographers from the 19th-20th centuries attempted to cross the cultural divide between deaf and hearing worlds. View the table of contents, read chapter one, and order Crossing the Divide.

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