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ERIC Number: EJ1006771
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jan
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-0012-1649
Commentary on Special Section: Deficit or Difference? Interpreting Diverse Developmental Paths
Callanan, Maureen; Waxman, Sandra
Developmental Psychology, v49 n1 p80-83 Jan 2013
In this special section, 6 articles address the provocative question of how to determine the boundary between difference and deficiency, for children who differ from the mainstream in some way--language, hearing, cultural background, socioeconomic status, or social understanding. Our commentary considers these articles in light of current models of cultural diversity, raising 4 warning signals about the danger of assuming deficits. Whereas children's school success is understandably a concern, we must be cautious about the known harmful effects of negative labeling and deficit assumptions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States