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SIGN LANGUAGE IN ASTRONOMY AND SPACE SCIENCES

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Author(s): J. Cova | V. Movilio | Y. Gu00F3mez | F. Gutiu00E9rrez | R. Garcu00EDa | H. Moreno | F. Gonzu00E1lez | J. Du00EDaz | C. Villarroel | E. Abreu | D. Aparicio | J. Cu00E1rdenas | L. Casneiro | N. Castillo | D. Contreras | N. La Verde | M. Maita | A. Martu00EDnez | J. Villahermosa | A. Quintero

Journal: Revista Mexicana de Astronomía y Astrofísica : Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Instituto de Astronomía
ISSN 0185-1101

Volume: 35;
Start page: 273;
Date: 2009;
Original page

ABSTRACT
Teaching science to school children with hearing de ciency and impairment can be a rewarding and valuable experience for both teacher and student, and necessary to society as a whole in order to reduce the discriminative policies in the formal educational system. The one most important obstacle to the teaching of science to students with hearing de ciency and impairments is the lack of vocabulary in sign language to express the precise concepts encountered in scienti c endeavor. In a collaborative project between Centro de Investigaciones de Astronom a Francisco J. Duarte" (CIDA), Universidad Pedag gica Experimental Libertador-Instituto Pedag gico de Matur n (UPEL-IPM) and Unidad Educativa Especial Bolivariana de Matur n (UEEBM) initiated in 2006, we have attempted to ll this gap by developing signs for astronomy and space sciences terminology. During two three-day workshops carried out at CIDA in M rida in July 2006 and UPEL-IPM in Matur n in March 2007 a total of 112 concepts of astronomy and space sciences were coined in sign language using an interactive method which we describe in the text. The immediate goal of the project is to incorporate these terms into Venezuelan Sign Language (LSV).
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