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[Xmca-l] deaf thinking

I’m working with some colleagues in a small study group that is concerned with what we’re calling post-disability studies, i.e., research that eschews deficit labeling of people of difference (for me, mental health variation; for others, ADHD overclassification and deaf education). I was reading something that led me to pose the following question. Although LSV was in part motivated to take on defectological studies in response to the education of the deaf, I don’t think he ever gets into deaf cognition, especially in terms of how, in the absence of language/speech, thinking is mediated and represented. My question:
Joe, one of the hallmarks of a Vygotskian approach is that thinking is tool mediated, principally by language/speech but through other means as well—images, sounds, etc. I’m wondering about people who have never heard speech. Has anyone ever documented what deaf thinking is comprised of/mediated by? Thx,p

The answer from Joe Tobin:
This is a hot topic in deaf studies. A group at Gallaudet called VL2 has a NSF grant to do a series of studies on deaf linguistics/thinking/brain development. http://vl2.gallaudet.edu/initiatives_and_projects.php

Here is an example:

One paper also attached.

Although I’m hardly a deaf education expert, I find this to be a fascinating question. Am I alone, or are others out there interested as well? Just don’t expect any definitive answers from me. Thx,Peter

Attachment: Singleton.pdf
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