Disability theorising and real-world educational practice: a framework for understanding

Gable, Alison S. (2014) Disability theorising and real-world educational practice: a framework for understanding. Disability and Society, 29 1: 86-100. doi:10.1080/09687599.2013.776485

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Author Gable, Alison S.
Title Disability theorising and real-world educational practice: a framework for understanding
Journal name Disability and Society   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0968-7599
Publication date 2014-01-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/09687599.2013.776485
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 29
Issue 1
Start page 86
End page 100
Total pages 15
Place of publication Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject 3306 Health (social science)
3600 Health Professions
3300 Social Sciences
Abstract This paper is concerned with the contradictions and tensions in disability theory that have generated an uncertain professional knowledge base in relation to the education of students with disabilities. This tension has produced concern regarding the enculturation of teachers into reductionist understandings of disability that limit the development of inclusive educational environments. A critical realist lens is employed to better understand the boundaries and contributions of three disability models and their connections to education practice. This perspective asserts that the models are social constructions of a real phenomenon requiring critical reflection on their adequacy for explaining and informing real-world practices. It draws upon the work of Bhaskar and Danermark to present a framework for positioning disability theory in a manner that may prove a useful theoretical guide for practitioners.
Keyword Disability models
Inclusive education
Critical realism
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Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Mon, 09 Dec 2013, 22:49:57 EST by Mrs Alison Gable on behalf of School of Social Work and Human Services