Complexities in Educational Interpreting: An Investigation into Patterns of Practice
Leilani J. Johnson | Marty M. Taylor | Brenda Schick | Susan Brown | Laurie Bolster
From chaos to recommendations
If you are concerned about the quality of educational interpreting services provided for school-age students who are deaf and hard of hearing, then you are likely aware of the chaos that exists around these services in public schools across the United States. For you, this book is a must read.
The University of Northern Colorado Department of ASL & Interpreting Studies conducted a five-year Patterns of Practice Investigation into educational interpreting practices in the United States. This multi-faceted, systematic study reports findings from:
- An overview of the K-12 interpreting field;
- An examination of federal legislation;
- A review of each state’s employment standards;
- A review of professional and research literature;
- A national survey of educational interpreters;
- A review of preservice curriculum for educational interpreting;
- Analyses of the EIPA (Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment); and
- Experts’ assessments of the K-12 interpreting field.
This book puts evidence in the hands of those who work to ensure equal communication access for students who are deaf and hard of hearing. In addition to reporting the findings from the investigation, it also includes:
- Answers to 10 important questions about educational interpreting services that are needed to ensure a free appropriate public education for K-12 students who are deaf and hard of hearing;
- Significant events that occurred after the completion of the five-year investigation;
- Recommendations for agencies and professional organizations; and
- Recommendations of professional standards for educational interpreters.