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The Benefits of Research on Learning and Practice

The Benefits of Research on Learning and Practice: Thoughts from the 2017 Symposium on Interpretation and Translation

Lori Whynot [1]
Gallaudet University

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The IJIE editors prompted this reflection on the recent 2017 Symposium on Signed Language Interpretation and Translation Research (March 31–April 2, 2017) at an opportune time: I had just wrapped up my involvement at the 3-day event, where I served on the organizing committee registration team, volunteered alongside my fellow colleagues and students, attended many sessions, and presented again.

The Symposium was the second event of its type hosted by the Department of Interpretation and Translation (DOIT) at Gallaudet University and the Center for the Advancement of Interpreting and Translation Research (CAITR). The first was offered in 2014 on the historic Washington, DC, campus that has championed higher education of Deaf and hard of hearing people for over 150 years. As a first-year faculty in the DOIT, I recently have been pondering ways for students to connect with research in order to understand how it shapes practice, as well as identify avenues for my own research engagement to inform my teaching and my freelance interpreting practice.

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[1] Correspondence to: lori.whynot@gallaudet.edu