The matrix of linguistic exclusions impeding career construction for D/deaf learners

African Journal of Disability

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Title The matrix of linguistic exclusions impeding career construction for D/deaf learners
Creator Stemela-Zali, Unati Kathard, Harsha Sefotho, Maximus M.
Subject Education;Disability studies; Career development Deaf; sign language; education; exclusion; inclusive education; careers
Description Background: The purpose of this study was to explore how D/deaf learners in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa constructed their careers and what types of support were available for them to do so. The study found that among the support required, support for their linguistic development, and particularly sign language acquisition, was critical in home, school and community contexts.Objectives: The objective of this paper is to highlight the multiple linguistic exclusions faced by D/deaf learners in the Eastern Cape, which negatively impact their career construction.Method: Savickas theory of career construction framed this analytical-qualitative case study. The study was conducted in two out of four schools for the D/deaf in two districts of the Eastern Cape, South Africa.  Data was gathered via four participant groups viz. Deaf learners, their parents, teachers and officials of the Department of Basic Education, as well as through documents reviews.Results: The results indicated that multiple linguistic exclusions for these learners begin  early in their lives and continue into their school years and beyond. These experiences at home, school and in social contexts combined, impact negatively the process of career construction and its prospects.Conclusion:  The study concluded that linguistic exclusions are exposed by the study  are  created by a combination of systemic factors which impede the career construction of d/Deaf learners.  Implications and suggestions for advancing their linguistic inclusion are discussed. 
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor None
Date 2022-06-13
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Qualitative case study
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/ajod.v11i0.935
Source African Journal of Disability; Vol 11 (2022); 11 pages 2226-7220 2223-9170
Language eng
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Coverage Africa;South Africa; Eastern Cape. 2018-2020 Deaf, Sign Language use
Rights Copyright (c) 2022 Unati Stemela-Zali, Harsha Kathard, Maximus Monaheng Sefotho