School of Education
Doctor of Education (EdD)
Primary Subject Area
Education, General; Education, Vocational; Language, General; Sociology, Industrial and Labor Relations; Business Administration, General
ASL, Deaf, Deaf Community, Employment, interpreting, Transition
Business Law, Public Responsibility, and Ethics | Communication | Disability and Equity in Education | Education | Human Resources Management | Teacher Education and Professional Development | Work, Economy and Organizations
This qualitative multiple case study research project examines interpreter use for students who are Deaf in the public school system and juxtaposes it with interpreter use found in the work sector after the school-to-work (STW) transition. Semi-structured interviews with 16 Deafness professionals and 6 study participants who are Deaf, as well as workplace observations yield bits of data which are coded and themed for review. Results confirm that interpreter use is abundant in public schools and scant in the work sector. Further results determine that STW placements for students who are Deaf can be haphazard, while employers are largely unaware of accommodation responsibilities beyond the tangible/architectural modifications for the Deaf made in the workplace. Also, interpreter roles can and should be expanded to assist in ensuring STW success for students who are Deaf. Finally, recommendations for further study and action are made.
Business Law, Public Responsibility, and Ethics Commons, Communication Commons, Disability and Equity in Education Commons, Human Resources Management Commons, Teacher Education and Professional Development Commons, Work, Economy and Organizations Commons