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The Tenth Volume in the Studies in Interpretation Series
An educational interpreter needs specialized knowledge and skills in order to meet the unique learning needs of students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Smith (linguistics, Gallaudet Univ.) has written a thorough, informative book. Smith has experience as an educational interpreter and presents a unique perspective. Smith states that the book “presents the results of a study … designed to discover the range of activities and responsibilities performed by educational interpreters.” Three area of focus are “the accessibility of an interpreted education, the qualifications and roles of K-12 interpreters, and interpreters and decision making.” The research is conducted at three school sites where observations and interviews were conducted using video and field notes. Prior to this book, little research had been conducted on this topic. This book is a very good overview that provides background information on several issues including factors influencing access, overlapping input, competing visual demands, and class participation. The needs of the interpreter included access to academic content and interactions with students and teachers. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate, research, and professional collections.
Melissa B. Smith is Professor, American Sign Language/English Interpreter Training Program, Palomar College, San Mareos, CA.
ISBN 978-1-56368-579-8, ISSN 1545-7613, 6 x 9 casebound, 214 pages, tables, figures, photographs, references, index
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