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Deaf Epistemologies
Multiple Perspectives on the Acquisition of Knowledge

Peter V. Paul and
Donald F. Moores, Editors

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This book is not designed for the novice reader or student interested in deaf education. Rather, it is nearly purely theoretical in that it examines the several aspects/constructs of what is known about “deafness.” Epistemology, the study of knowledge, addresses the issues not only of the definition and nature of knowledge but also of the way that knowledge is acquired, that is, the relationship between the knower/inquirer and the known/knowledge. The editors have assembled some very serious thinkers on this subject, all authorities in their respective fields, to present the reader with multiple perspectives on an elusive topic: What is “deafness” and how do scholars know what they know about it? These broad areas include sociological, anthropological, historical/psychological, and educational/philosophical perspectives. As with all epistemological scholarship, the editors and contributors make it clear that there is no single best explanation for how deaf people know what they know, or what the hearing population “knows” about what it is like to be deaf. Each perspective is a theory, and a theory must rest on evidence that supports its continued viability and validity. Summing Up: Recommended. Research collections.

Peter V. Paul is Professor, School of Teaching and Learning (Integrated Teaching & Learning Section), Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

Donald F. Moores is Professor, Department of Exceptional Student and Deaf Education, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL.

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