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Relationships of learning between military personnel and interpreters in situations of violent conflict: Dual pedagogies and communities of practice

Tipton, Rebecca 2011, 'Relationships of learning between military personnel and interpreters in situations of violent conflict: Dual pedagogies and communities of practice' , The Interpreter and Translator Trainer, 5 (1) , pp. 15-40.

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    Abstract

    This article explores the nature of the learning and learning relationships that emerge between civilian interpreters (most of them recruited locally) and military personnel in siutations of violent conflict, with specific reference to the conflict in Iraq. The decision to focus on civilian linguists stems from particular ethical, cultural and professional issues raised by their involvement in such situations and the fact that those issues have yet to be fully explored by the academy. The discussion is premised on the notion of 'horizontal learning' according to which learners do not acquire a body of facts about the world, but instead develop understandings of how to 'be' in a world in flux. Under such a premise, the concept of 'teacher' does not exist and the potential for 'dual pedagogies' therefore emerges. The article considers the potential for the development of identifiable inter- and intra-professional communities of practice as a way to foster informed approaches to interpreter-mediated activities and also to serve as a framework for the evaluation and sense-making of interpreter-mediated activities in the field, against the backdrop of the increasing professionalization of conflict in the modern world.

    Item Type: Article
    Themes: Subjects outside of the University Themes
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for Translating and Interpreting
    Journal or Publication Title: The Interpreter and Translator Trainer
    Publisher: St Jerome
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 1750-399X
    Depositing User: R Tipton
    Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2011 11:46
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 18:16
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/18635

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