As a part-time interpreter without abundant opportunities for skill development, deliberate practice is essential, yet can be difficult to attain. Several key themes are revealed in this research of a part-time interpreter’s deliberate practice while considering the role of the inner expert (Reeves, 2014). Using this perspective, deliberate practice is approached by considering the contextual factors surrounding an individual’s engagement in a practice profession. Personal factors influencing a practitioner’s feasibility in engaging in deliberate practice are considered. Findings show the need to be flexible when implementing deliberate practice and to follow one’s own context prior to applying prescribed definitions of deliberate practice in isolation.

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Action Research

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Degree Name

Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies

Committee Chair

Amanda R. Smith

Committee Member

Dr. Elisa M. Maroney


practice, plan, deliberate practice, deliberate play, interpreter, inner expert



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Subject Categories

Language Interpretation and Translation | Sign Languages

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