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ERIC Number: EJ1015011
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Aug
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1045-1595
Strategies to Avoid Audism in Adult Educational Settings
Ballenger, Sheryl
Adult Learning, v24 n3 p121-127 Aug 2013
Humphries first defined the term "audism" as "the notion that one is superior based on one's ability to hear or behave in the manner of one who hears". Audism is a prejudice related to the physical hearing condition of the human body. The point of this article is not to substantiate or negate the term's importance but to inform adult educators of the issues of oppression surrounding the term. The purpose of this article is to explore the basis and origins of audism, literature supporting the idea of audism, experiences labeled as audism, implications of audism in the field of adult education, and strategies to avoid five common pitfalls of adult educators. Understanding the term, and its usefulness to some individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, will benefit adult educators and provide strategies to avoid audism in adult education environments.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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