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Peer to Peer Deaf Multiliteracies: Towards a Sustainable Approach to Education in Ghana

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  • Julia Gillen
  • Marco Nyarko
  • George Akanlig-Pare
  • Esther Akrasi-Sarpong
  • Kwadwo Toah Addo
  • Chapman Emily
Publication date16/06/2020
Number of pages10
<mark>Original language</mark>English
EventAmerican Educational Research Association Annual Meeting - Cancelled owing to COVID-19.
Duration: 17/04/202020/04/2020


ConferenceAmerican Educational Research Association Annual Meeting
Abbreviated titleAERA 2020
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In Ghana as many other countries in the global South, many children and young people are marginalized in education. From a pilot project we had learnt from our work in India that an approach based on “real literacies”, in which links are made to authentic literacies in the environment, with teaching and support by deaf peer tutors and deaf research assistants, was fruitful. That pilot also included consultations with the deaf community in Ghana. The project reported upon here, “Peer to peer deaf multiliteracies: research into a sustainable approach to education of Deaf children and young adults in developing countries “ (P2PDML) extended the principles to include young children as well as adults and was reconceptualised upon the richer foundation of multiliteracies, embracing available semiotic repertoires and means of learning. This paper presents three multimodal vignettes which illustrate the dynamic combinations of modes utilized in effective pedagogic activities and gives a flavour of the project’s approaches to peer tutoring and documentation of activities. Finally, in line with the conference theme, “The power and possibilities for the public good when researchers and organizational stakeholders collaborate” we also report on our engagement with significant stakeholders.