ERIC Number: EJ1174260
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Preservice Teacher and Interpreter American Sign Language Abilities: Self-Evaluations and Evaluations of Deaf Students' Narrative Renditions
Beal-Alvarez, Jennifer S.; Scheetz, Nanci A.
American Annals of the Deaf, v160 n3 p316-333 2015
In deaf education, the sign language skills of teacher and interpreter candidates are infrequently assessed; when they are, formal measures are commonly used upon preparation program completion, as opposed to informal measures related to instructional tasks. Using an informal picture storybook task, the authors investigated the receptive and expressive narrative sign language skills of 10 teacher and interpreter candidates in a university preparation program. The candidates evaluated signed renditions of two signing children, as well as their own expressive renditions, using the Signed Reading Fluency Rubric (Easterbrooks & Huston, 2008) at the completion of their fifth sign language course. Candidates' evaluations were compared overall and across 12 sign language indicators to ratings of two university program professors. Some variation existed across ratings for individual indicators, but generally the candidates were aware of and could accurately rate their own abilities and those of two signing children.
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Deafness, Deaf Interpreting, Teaching Skills, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Skill Analysis, Sign Language, Language Skills, Reading Fluency, Scoring Rubrics, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Language Proficiency, Receptive Language, Expressive Language
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