Literacy and Deaf People: Cultural and Contextual Perspectives

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Overview

This compelling collection advocates for an alternative view of deaf people’s literacy, one that emphasizes recent shifts in Deaf cultural identity rather than a student’s past educational context as determined by the dominant hearing society. Divided into two parts, the book opens with four chapters by leading scholars Tom Humphries, Claire Ramsey, Susan Burch, and volume editor Brenda Jo Brueggemann. These scholars use diverse disciplines to reveal how schools where deaf children are taught are the product of ideologies about teaching, about how deaf children learn, and about the relationship of ASL and English.

Part Two features works by Elizabeth Engen and Trygg Engen; Tane Akamatsu and Ester Cole; Lillian Buffalo Tompkins; Sherman Wilcox and BoMee Corwin; and Kathleen M. Wood. The five chapters contributed by these noteworthy researchers offer various views on multicultural and bilingual literacy instruction for deaf students. Subjects range from a study of literacy in Norway, where Norwegian Sign Language recently became the first language of instruction for deaf pupils, to the difficulties faced by deaf immigrant and refugee children who confront institutional and cultural clashes. Other topics include the experiences of deaf adults who became bilingual in ASL and English, and the interaction of the pathological versus the cultural view of deafness. The final study examines literacy among Deaf college undergraduates as a way of determining how the current social institution of literacy translates for Deaf adults and how literacy can be extended to deaf people beyond the age of 20.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563682711
  • Publisher: Gallaudet University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Brenda Jo Brueggemann is Associate Professor of English at Ohio State University in Columbus, OH.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : reframing deaf people's literacy 1
Pt. I "Modernizing" deaf selves and deaf education : histories and habits
The modern deaf self : indigenous practices and educational imperatives 29
What does culture have to do with the education of students who are deaf or hard of hearing? 47
Double jeopardy : women, deafness, and deaf education 59
Deaf, she wrote : mapping deaf women's autobiography 73
Pt. II Multicultural and bilingual perspectives
The relationship between language experience and language development : a report from Norway 91
Deaf immigrant and refugee children : institutional and cultural clash 110
Cultural and linguistic voice in the deaf bilingual experience 139
Struggling for a voice : an interactionist view of language and literacy in deaf education 157
English literacy in the life stories of deaf college undergraduates 192
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