June 2018- This summer, Dr. Barbara Garrett and Emily Girardin published a quantitative research study.
Garrett, B. D. & Girardin, E. G. (June 2019). American Sign Language competency: Comparing student readiness for entry into a four-year interpreter degree program. International Journal of Interpreter Education, 11 (1). https://www.cit-asl.org/new/american-sign-language-competency/
This study focused on the American Sign Language (ASL) expressive competence of applicants to a four-year ASL English interpretation major through a pre-program screening of 250 applicants over eight years. Applicants’ ASL expressive competence was compared between those who had completed a two-year interpreting degree to those who had completed four semesters of ASL study. Data showed that applicants from two-year interpreting programs and applicants who have taken four semesters of ASL possessed similar expressive ASL competence. This study further examined if applicants with a two-year degree in interpreting were able to transfer into a four-year interpreting program with year three language skills. This study provided quantifiable evidence for addressing inefficiencies in interpreter education that negatively impacts both the student interpreters, and the quality of services provided to stakeholders.
2018-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. Complexities in Educational Interpreting: An investigation into Patterns of Practice by Dr. Leilani Johnson, Dr. Marty Taylor, Dr. Brenda Schick, Susan Brown and Dr. Laurie Bolster.