Making learning accessible for sign language interpreters: a process of change

Jemina Napier

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    Abstract

    This article outlines an innovative project conducted at Macquarie University, in order to instigate a change in the delivery of the Postgraduate Diploma in Auslan/English Interpreting. This is the first reported educational change project focusing on the training of sign language interpreters. The goal of the project was to research and develop a new curriculum, and delivery mode for the program so that it could be offered in external (distance) mode, and therefore made accessible to potential students from all over Australia. Action research was used to guide the process as it provided a framework for evaluation. The project demonstrates that interpreters can be trained effectively using a blended approach to distance education, and that action research can be used as an effective approach to the implementation of educational change in an emerging field.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)505-523
    Number of pages19
    JournalEducational Action Research
    Volume13
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2005

    Keywords

    • distance education
    • educational change
    • interpreter training
    • sign language

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