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ERIC Number: EJ906589
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-1935-3308
"Deaf World, that's where I'm at": Camaraderie between Deaf and Hearing Employees
Wells, Anita G.; Bhattacharya, Kakali; Morgan, Dianne D.
Journal of Ethnographic & Qualitative Research, v3 n2 p105-116 2009
This study used phenomenological methodology to explore how 4 Deaf employees described quality of camaraderie of participation in work-related tasks and relationships. Three invariant themes echoed through the data. The first theme was hitting the ceiling quickly and choosing to stay; employees remained in the secondary job market for years without advancement. A second theme was feeling unvalued in the workplace; each employee felt de-valued when an interpreter was not provided to translate information. The third theme was the impact of support and reinforcement on self-concept; employees described added support from family, friends, coworkers, and community members. The study offers hope for stronger communities of practice between Deaf and hearing employees and provides direction for professionals who assist Deaf workers. (Contains 3 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A