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Professor Ruth Swanwick

Professor in Deaf Education
School of Education

My research centres on deafness, language  and learning and the development of practitioner understanding and pedagogies. I am interested in deaf children’s multimodal and multilingual language experience and use and the role of sign language in education. My current work centres on the development of a new language model which situates deafess and language learning within a plural view of language and culture in society.

My funded research includes a collaborative ESRC funded project looking at deaf children’s early literacy experiences in the home. I led a Nuffield funded project on the role of sign language for deaf children with cochlear implants and a British Academy project  on approaches to critical thinking and reflective practice across the national training provision for teachers of the deaf.