Disability and the Politics of Education: An International Reader

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Disability and the Politics of Education: An International Reader is a rich resource that deals comprehensively with the many aspects of the complex topic of disability studies in education. For nearly two decades, global attention has been given to education as a human right through global initiatives such as Education for All (EFA) and the Salamanca Statement. Yet according to UNESCO, reaching the goals of EFA remains one of the most daunting challenges facing the global community. Today, millions of the world's disabled children cannot obtain a basic childhood education, particularly in countries with limited resources. Even in the wealthiest countries, many disabled children and youth are educationally segregated from the nondisabled, particularly if they are labeled with significant cognitive impairment. International agencies such as the United Nations and the World Bank have generated funds for educational development but, unfortunately, these funds are administered with the assumption that "west is best," thereby urging developing countries to mimic educational policies in the United States and the United Kingdom in order to prove their aid-worthiness. This "McDonaldization" of education reproduces the labeling, resource allocation, and social dynamics long criticized in disability studies. The authors in this volume explore these subjects and other complexities of disability and the politics of education. In doing so, they demonstrate the importance and usefulness of international perspectives and comparative approaches.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820488943
  • Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Pages: 696
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Len Barton Barton, Len

Ch. 1 Disability and the International Politics of Education Susan L. Gabel Gabel, Susan L. Scot Danforth Danforth, Scot 1

Sect. I Inclusive Education

Ch. 2 Teachers' Dominant Discourses of Inclusion and Disability: A Case Study at a Semi-rural Township School in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa Jabulani Ngcobo Ngcobo, Jabulani Nithi Muthukrishna Muthukrishna, Nithi 19

Ch. 3 Inclusion in Italy: What Happens When Everyone Belongs Beth A. Ferri Ferri, Beth A. 41

Ch. 4 An Analysis of Inclusive Education Policy Implementation in Zimbabwe: Challenges for Learner Support Auxilia Badza Badza, Auxilia David Chakuchichi Chakuchichi, David Robert Chimedza Chimedza, Robert 53

Ch. 5 Inclusion in Indian Education Susan L. Gabel Gabel, Susan L. Jagdish Chander Chander, Jagdish 69

Ch. 6 Inclusion? Linda J.Graham Graham, Linda J. Roger Slee Slee, Roger 81

Ch. 7 Reading Stories of Inclusion: Engaging with Different Perspectives towards an Agenda for Inclusion Andrew Azzopardi Azzopardi, Andrew 101

Ch. 8 Research in Inclusive Education as a Possible Opening to Disability Studies in Education Geert Van Hove Van Hove, Geert Griet Roets Roets, Griet Kathleen Mortier Mortier, Kathleen Elisabeth De Schauwer De Schauwer, Elisabeth Mieke Leroy Leroy, Mieke Eric Broekaert Broekaert, Eric 121

Ch. 9 Doing Inclusive Education Research Julie Allan Allan, Julie Roger Slee Slee, Roger 141

Sect. II Policy

Ch. 10 An Analysis of the Impact of Advocacy and Disability Rights on the Quality of Life of People with Disabilities in Zimbabwe Robert Chimedza Chimedza, Robert Auxilia Badza Badza, Auxilia David Chakuchichi Chakuchichi, David 165

Ch.11 Disability Education in the People's Republic of China: Tradition, Reform, and Outlook Qing Shen Shen, Qing Helen McCabe McCabe, Helen Zhaoyang Chi Chi, Zhaoyang 177

Ch. 12 The Role of Residential Schools in Shaping the Nature of the Advocacy Movement of the Blind in India Jagdish Chander Chander, Jagdish 201

Ch. 13 Politics, Inclusion, and Disabled Children: The Colombian Context Marisol Moreno Angarita Angarita, Marisol Moreno Susan L. Gabel Gabel, Susan L. 225

Ch. 14 Inclusive Education and School Choice: Democratic Rights in a Devolved System Liz Gordon Gordon, Liz Missy Morton Morton, Missy 237

Ch. 15 Private Troubles or Public Issues? The Social Construction of "The Disabled Baby"in the Context of Social Policy and Social and Technological Changes Dora S. Bjarnason Bjarnason, Dora S. 251

Ch. 16 Czech Republic: Empowerment of D(/d)eaf Community through Education (1945-2006) Jitka Sinecka Sinecka, Jitka 275

Ch. 17 Reframing Global Education from a Disability Rights Movement Perspective Susan Peters Peters, Susan Kimberly Wolbers Wolbers, Kimberly Lisa Dimling Dimling, Lisa 291

Ch. 18 A Model for Policy Activism Susan L. Gabel Gabel, Susan L. 311

Sect. III Theorizing Disability

Ch. 19 "I Got Trouble with My Reading": An Emerging Literacy Tanya Titchkosky Titchkosky, Tanya 337

Ch. 20 Deleuze, Guattari, and the Boundaries of Intellectual Disability Anna C. Hickey-Moody Hickey-Moody, Anna C. 353

Ch. 21 Taking Exception: Discourses of Exceptionality and the Invocation of the "Ideal" Valerie Harwood Harwood, Valerie Nici Hymphry Hymphry, Nici 371

Ch. 22 Using Metaphors to Research the Cultural and Ideological Construction of Disability Scot Danforth Danforth, Scot 385

Ch. 23 Double Trouble: Disability and Disability Studies in Education Rod Michalko Michalko, Rod 401

Ch. 24 Cartographies of Eugenics and Special Education: A History ofthe (Ab)normal Phil Smith Smith, Phil 417

Ch. 25 Caring Power and Disabled Children: The Rise of the Educational Elan in Europe, in Particular in Belgium and the Netherlands Annemieke van Drenth van Drenth, Annemieke 433

Ch. 26 Not So Strange Bedfellows: The Promise of Disability Studies and Critical Race Theory David J. Connor Connor, David J. 451

Ch. 27 Disability Studies and Psychology: Emancipatory Opportunities Dan Goodley Goodley, Dan Rebecca Lawthom Lawthom, Rebecca 477

Ch. 28 A Comparison: Difference, Dependency, and Stigmatization in Special Education and Disability Studies Kathryn Young Young, Kathryn Emily Mintz Mintz, Emily 499

Sect. IV Higher Education

Ch. 29 Disability in the German, Swiss, and Austrian Higher Education Systems Justin J. W. Powell Powell, Justin J. W. Kai Felkendorff Felkendorff, Kai Judith Hollenweger Hollenweger, Judith 517

Ch. 30 The Reasonable Adjustments Duty for Higher Education in England and Wales Kim Marshall Marshall, Kim 541

Ch. 31 Moving in from the Margins: From Accommodation to Universal Design Sheryl Burgstahler Burgstahler, Sheryl Rebecca Cory Cory, Rebecca 561

Ch. 32 Adapting Disability Studies within Teacher Education in Singapore Levan Lim Lim, Levan Thana Thaver Thaver, Thana Kenneth Poon Poon, Kenneth 583

Ch. 33 Disability Narratives, Social Models, and Rights Perspectives as Higher Education Imperatives Christopher Johnstone Johnstone, Christopher Alex Lubet Lubet, Alex Leonard Goldfine Goldfine, Leonard 599

Appendix A 619

Appendix B 627

Appendix C 631

Appendix D 647

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