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January 2019

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Andrea P. Sankar


This dissertation provided a look at children’s first exposure to other deaf individuals in a school setting. Specifically, it looked to see if communities of practice were formed in a variety of educational settings and looked at the role of Communities of Practice in producing deaf sociality. In Guatemala, the current national and international Deaf organization emerged as a Community of Practice, where former schoolmates got together to play soccer. Formally, schools were for learning academic subjects, but despite the type of language education received; whether it was in Sign Language, Spanish, or a combination of both, children learned to sign from each other under the guidance of adults who already spoke the Language.

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