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Practice Professions

Dean & Pollard (2005) consider sign language intepreting to be practice professions, different than technical professions and where “judgement regarding situational and human interaction factors are central to doing effective work” (259). Although there are definite overlaps, practice professions should be considered separate from technical professions in that there is constant and imperative interaction with all participants in a sign language intepreting event.

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Readings related to the Demand Control Schema for Interpreting Work (DC-S)

The Demand Control Schema for Interpreting Work (DC-S) Required

This is an abbreviated description of DC-S, explaining four categories of demands and the definition of ‘control.’

Consumers and Service Effectiveness in Interpreting Work: A Practice Profession Perspective Required

Read pp. 264–270, 273–274. Article by Dean & Pollard (2005) discusses the concept of SL interpreting as a practice profession and why overlooking outside factors on SL interpreters is potentially dangerous to the profession.

Application of Demand-Control Theory to Sign Language Interpreting: Implications for Stress and Interpreter Training

This seminal work in the DC-S theory framework introduces various types of demands—linguistic, environmental, interpersonal, and intrapersonal—and discusses their impacts on interpreter psychology.

Apprenticeship in SL Interpreting Required

Long needed yet sorely misunderstood, apprenticeships and supervision are the next frontier in the elevation of the field. Do you agree with Peterson and/or commenters here?

Handout (Martin)

Extra research provided by Martin (University of Wollongong) concerning the differences between professions and trades.