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Innovative Perspectives on New Opportunities

During the International Conference on Sign Language, Sustainable Development, and Equal Opportunities held at Ghent University, Belgium, in April 2014, lecturers and panelists presented multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary approaches, offering an innovation-oriented sustainability viewpoint on a wide range of topics, such as well-being and quality of life; quality deaf education; literacy and literate thought; and more. This volume—the fifth in the Deaf Education Series—captures these diverse perspectives.

Goedele A. M. De Clerck is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow in the Social Research with Deaf People group in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. Peter V. Paul is a professor in the Department of Educational Studies in the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University.

The American Annals of the Deaf will feature excerpts of this title starting with the Spring 2017 issue, coming in April.


Emancipation Processes and Deaf Flourishing

The 6th Volume in the Deaf Education Series

Using case studies and cross-cultural comparative research, Goedele A. M. De Clerck examines where deaf flourishing occurs and how it can be advanced.

“My goal throughout this book,” she explains, “is to look through an interdisciplinary lens to critically explore empowerment in settings of daily life, research, leadership, and community development. Through this lens, I have formulated a framework of deaf flourishing—and of connecting in deaf flourishing in particular. Entangled in the emotional geographies and trajectories of modernity and postmodernity, sign language communities can generate room for alternative worldviews and pathways toward fruitful futures.”

Find out more about the author’s work here.


Bilingual Deaf Education in Latin America

Change and Promise maps the situation of bilingual education for deaf children in Latin America over the last 30 years and offers an analysis of its ethical strengths, linguistic and educational purposes, and political ambiguities.

“What is presented in this book,” note the editors, “is a question that has been constantly reiterated to the point of becoming redundant but which contains the entire dilemma of our world. That is, the political, economic, social, media, and technological dilemmas that, despite universal proclamations of equality, equity, and quality, keep producing more inequalities, inequities, and educational reforms of dubious significance.”

Barbara Gerner de Garcia is a professor in the Department of Education at Gallaudet University. Lodenir Becker Karnopp is a professor in the Department of Specialized Studies at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil.