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ERIC Number: EJ767482
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-0882-4843
Feminist Pedagogy and Universal Design in a Deaf and Hearing World: Linking Cultures through Artifacts and Understanding
Blizzard, Deborah; Foster, Susan
Feminist Teacher: A Journal of the Practices, Theories, and Scholarship of Feminist Teaching, v17 n3 p225-236 2007
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) is a unique technological institute comprised of eight colleges, including the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. At the institute, deaf students and deaf culture intermingle (not always seamlessly) with students from other nations, states, and cities. Like most other universities, its students are multicultural and multilingual. Yet unlike other universities, deaf culture and its language (American Sign Language or ASL) figure prominently in most teaching venues. Deaf and hearing cultures are different. Teaching to both (and the multiple cultures and subcultures within them) is tricky at best. Deaf students are experts at "turn taking." ASL requires it. If everyone signed at the same time the visual cacophony would render the conversation meaningless. Many hearing students are easily excitable, and reflecting the competitive, individualist American culture, are impatient, wanting to put their points first and at times speaking over one another, an activity that they sometimes call "debate." In this article, the authors demonstrate how feminist pedagogy and Universal Design link deaf and hearing cultures in the classroom and empower students to find their voices (those spoken and signed) to build better understanding between individuals and create an arena in which respect for difference fosters an environment in which learning takes place. They also outline their approach to feminist pedagogy and Universal Design in the liberal arts classroom at RIT.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York (Rochester)