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15:3 Friday, March 15, 2013

Closing the School-to-Work Gap

A New Guide Provides a Comprehensive Plan for Establishing Service Learning Within Interpreter Education Programs

Sherry Shaw shares this discovery in her new book Service Learning in Interpreter Education: Strategies for Extending Student Involvement in the Deaf Community: “The earliest textbook on establishing service learning within the curricula of interpreter training programs (as they were known at the time) was the collective wisdom of interpreter-teachers, who typically learned how to interpret or developed their interpreting skills following rich immersion in the Deaf community. As programs grew, these educators became aware that teaching interpreting by removing students from the heart of the Deaf community and relocating them within academia could have a downside that required a concentrated effort to avoid. This downside was the prospect that students could complete a program with minimal understanding of the Deaf experience, without Deaf community anchors, and without espousing the values and respect due that community. Service Learning in Interpreter Education comes in response to a growing need for information that is specific to the interpreting profession and emphasizes the unique condition of interpreter-community alliance.”

Divided into three parts, the purpose of this new volume is to provide educators a comprehensive guide for establishing service learning within their programs. Janice Humphrey, an Associate Professor in the Department of Exceptional, Deaf, and Interpreter Education at the University of North Florida, notes that “Dr. Sherry Shaw paints a vivid picture of the history, evolution, and impact of service learning in interpreter education programs,” while Eileen Forestal, Coordinator and Professor of ASL/Deaf Studies and ASL-English Interpreting Programs at Union County College in New Jersey, makes this observation: “[Service Learning in Interpreter Education] is a timely and much-needed addition to American Sign Language–English interpreter education programs, helping interpreting students become skillful mediators of language and Deaf culture.”

Read a case study, and receive 20% off the regular price when you order Service Learning in Interpreter Education today. For online orders, type “MAR2013” in the box labeled “use promo code”. You may also order by mail.

In Deaf Heritage: A Narrative History of Deaf America, Choice magazine acknowledges that “[Jack R. Gannon] mapped the foundation of Deaf cultural history in the US and contributed directly to the emergence of Deaf studies as a scholarly interdisciplinary field. Re-released after three decades, Deaf Heritage includes an updated preface that offers a sweeping study of Deaf community accomplishments since 1981. Summing Up: Essential.” Reference & Research Book News also highlighted Deaf Heritage noting that “the book is illustrated with a wealth of black and white historical and contemporary photos, illustrations, and artwork, [and] can be used as a text in courses on deaf culture, in orientation-to-deafness seminars, and in teacher and counselor preparation programs.” Read more about this seventh volume of the Gallaudet Classics in Deaf Studies series, and order Deaf Heritage by mail or online.

Bilingual Deaf and Hearing Families: Narrative Interviews  describes the experiences of ten families who have at least one deaf family member, emphasizing the importance of family support for deaf members, particularly through the use of both American Sign Language (ASL) and spoken and/or written English. “Very highly recommended!” exclaims The Midwest Book Review. And Reference & Research Book News makes this observation: “[Barbara] Bodner-Johnson and [Beth Sonnestrahl] Benedict offer new insights on the developmental and educational needs of deaf children, their exposure to early bilingual signed and spoken language, and parental choices regarding the use of spoken language. Based on the theoretical framework of the person-in-the-environment, they conclude that bilingual family support is crucial to a child’s development and relationships.” Read the interview with The Stevenson/Gavins Family; order Bilingual Deaf and Hearing Families online or by mail.

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