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Using Mediated Communication to Teach Vocational Concepts to Deaf Users

  • Ingrid Teixeira Monteiro
  • Aline da Silva Alves
  • Clarisse Sieckenius de Souza
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8011)

Abstract

This paper presents an in-depth study on how a small group of deaf users reacted while learning abstract vocational concepts in the domain of librarianship, using mediated interaction supported by WNH, a Web Navigation Helper. WNH’s purpose is to allow helpers to create mediation dialogs to enable or facilitate helpees’ online interaction with Web pages. In our study, deaf employees at a Brazilian library were taught a lesson especially designed for WNH by a deaf librarian who is fluent in Brazilian Sign Language (LIBRAS) and Portuguese. Among the results we were able to see the huge gaps between what a library is for our deaf participants and what it is for non-deaf library professionals and customers. We could also appreciate the role of technologies like WNH in preparing deaf users to interact with Web systems in professional settings.

Keywords

Mediated communication deaf learners vocational education 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ingrid Teixeira Monteiro
    • 1
  • Aline da Silva Alves
    • 1
  • Clarisse Sieckenius de Souza
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de InformáticaPUC-RioRio de JaneiroBrazil

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