ERIC Number: EJ1021874
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
Risk-Taker, Role Model, Muse, and "Charlatan": Stories of Ellen--An Atypical Giant
Connor, David J.
International Journal of Inclusive Education, v17 n12 p1229-1240 2013
This narrative essay weaves personal recollections of my encounters with Ellen Brantlinger and a sampling of her works that continue to exert a profound influence on my own thinking and writing within Disability Studies in Education. I begin by describing how, as a first-year doctoral student, I encountered the scholarly work of Ellen and consequently never saw the world in the same way again. Second, I share coming to know Ellen as a generous person who took an active interest in my fledgling scholarship and subsequent budding academic career. Third, narrating the decade in which our professional paths criss-crossed, I reveal how coming to know Ellen on a personal level shaped my view of her as--among many other things--a risk-taker, a role model, and a muse. Fourth, I discuss the impact Ellen has had on a wide group of scholars through fearless critiques of special education, resulting in her being branded as a "charlatan" by some of the field's most powerful figures. In closing, I offer thoughts on the influence of Ellen as an atypical giant.
Descriptors: Educational Experience, Doctoral Programs, Disabilities, Risk, Role Models, College Faculty, Scholarships, Personal Narratives, Criticism, Mentors, Social Class, Track System (Education), Professional Recognition, Teacher Attitudes, Conferences (Gatherings), Special Education, Inclusion, Advocacy
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Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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