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Deaf Activists’ Biographies Shaped Educational
Debate Beyond 19th-Century France

Translation of Ferdinand Berthier’s Sketches
Reveal His Own Unswerving Beliefs

In offering the first English edition of 19th-century Deaf French activist Ferdinand Berthier’s portraits of four influential men in Deaf education, Professor Freeman G. Henry remarked about its unusual genesis, “The idea of translating the biographies came to me as I was researching another project, an integrated history of the French language since the Renaissance.”

During his research, Prof. Henry “encountered the story of Ferdinand Berthier and his efforts to promote deaf identity in the nineteenth century. His writings, especially the biographies of Bébian, Sicard, Massieu, and Clerc, provided a context and an account, often an eyewitness account, pertaining to the development of the institution, the language, and the culture that drew Reverend [Thomas Hopkins] Gallaudet to the Paris Institute [for the Deaf] in the first place and furnished a model for pioneers in deaf education in the United States. I hope that making these texts accessible to the English-reading public will foster a greater understanding, not only of the development of a language and culture in France, but also of the extent to which the histories of the two countries are truly intertwined.”

Read more about this new volume in the introduction, and use your exclusive subscriber discount to receive a savings of 20% off when you order Forging Deaf Education in Nineteenth-Century France online or by mail. When ordering online, type “OCT2009” in the box labeled “use promo code” located next to the “checkout” button.


Testing Deaf Students in an Age of Accountability edited by Robert C. Johnson and Ross E. Mitchell comes “highly recommended” by CHOICE magazine: “Johnson and Mitchell have assembled an impressive array of experts from the fields of deaf education and evaluation in this edited volume. The contributors address the complexities of assessing students who are deaf in the current climate of accountability and high-stakes standardized testing. Topics include strategies for assessing academic achievement, selecting accommodations for instruction and testing, using universal design principles to increase validity of scores on large-scale assessments, using alternative assessments, and determining how this group of students fits into the context of No Child Left Behind. Eight case studies from various states illustrate the challenges and possible solutions for districts grappling with these issues. Although the content focuses on the evaluation of students who are deaf, many of the issues related to balancing the current federal emphasis on uniform academic standards with the needs of special populations apply to other students with disabilities, as well as to those who are English-language learners or whose cultural background is dissimilar to that of the majority of US students. An excellent reference for deaf educators, school psychologists, policy makers, and others involved in the educational assessment process.”

Read more from this exciting collection in chapter 10, “Testing, Accountability, and Equity for Deaf Students in Delaware,” and order Testing Deaf Students in an Age of Accountability.


In Deaf Adolescents: Inner Lives and Lifeworld Development, Martha A. Sheridan revisits seven deaf and hard of hearing teenagers whom she profiled in her first book, Inner Lives of Deaf Children: Interviews and Analysis, to see how their lives have progressed. The Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education gives high marks to this follow-up study in its fall issue: “Martha Sheridan has crafted a longitudinal story of seven open and articulate teenagers, giving an inside perspective about the trials, tribulations, as well as joys that exist in their lifeworlds. Providing a venue to explore very unique perspectives, Sheridan has successfully advanced the knowledge surrounding the development of children and adolescents who are deaf. In fact, with all that the book has to offer, Deaf Adolescents: Inner Lives and Lifeworld Development would be a very useful tool for parents and scholars alike to obtain enlightening insight into developmental themes and experiences of adolescents who are deaf and hard of hearing.” Read more about these adolescents’ lifeworld development in chapter eleven, “How They Have Grown!,” and order Deaf Adolescents here.


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