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Illusions of Access: Lessons from a Pandemic

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Based on the works of L.S. Vygotsky and others who have applied his theories to education, our approach is informed by these principles:

  • learning is fostered by participation in activities designed to nurture reflective practice
  • insights are revealed through dialogue and inquiry
  • collaboration with peers and mentors in a safe environment facilitates this process
  • the locus of control in the hands of the learner promotes self-discovery
  • cognition, emotion, and culture are interrelated and significantly impact learning

Vygotsky's Cognitive Development Theory postulates that social interaction is fundamental to cognitive development. Vygotsky's theory is comprised of concepts such as culture-specific tools, language and thought interdependence, and the Zone of Proximal Development.

Vygotsky's sociocultural theory emphasizes that children learn through social interaction that includes collaborative and cooperative dialogue with someone who is more skilled in tasks they're trying to learn. Vygotsky called these people with higher skill level the More Knowledgeable Other (MKO).

According to Vygotsky, the cultural tools and social development largely influence cognitive development. The cultural tools, which include symbolic tools and real tools, provide support for all kinds of mental processes which are of high order. Some of these include reasoning and problem-solving.

Our goal is to bring this model to interpreting communities that value growth, are willing to discuss their work in an environment that respects the development of each learner, and that seek elevate the quality of services provided to consumers. To this end, we offer a variety of holistic training approaches and formats that recognize and honor the diversity of our communities.

"Tell me, and I forget. Teach me, and I remember. Involve me, and I learn"

- Benjamin Franklin

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Foundations of Interpreting


The Foundations of Interpreting Seminar Series provides insights into The Integrated Model of Interpreting and the processes we engage in while interpreting. Click here for more information on the series as well as a schedule of current seminars being offered.

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