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ERIC Number: EJ1057164
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-2368-4526
The "Third Ear" Decolonizes: Integrating Deaf Students into Post-Secondary Classes
McHeimech, Zeinab
Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, v2 p104-108 2009
Can we effectively integrate Deaf students into our post-secondary classes before recognizing and listening to them? Studies indicate that Deaf students continue to struggle, be silenced, and experience isolation when mainstreamed. Deaf students, or second-language students, inevitably develop new identities once included; however, we cannot justly ask that they abandon their own cultural identities, nor ignore that they have their own cultural and individual identities. This paper draws on the literary theorist Homi Bhabha, specifically his notion of the "third space." I propose that as educators we enter and create this space for our students and begin listening to them using a "third ear" so as to enable the surfacing of their cultural identities in hopes of countering their struggles, perpetual silencing, and isolation. The essay focuses largely on the implementation of the third ear and third space by programs found in the humanities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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