ERIC Number: EJ1078424
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
Examining Ableism in Higher Education through Social Dominance Theory and Social Learning Theory
Kattari, Shanna K.
Innovative Higher Education, v40 n5 p375-386 Nov 2015
In most societies, some social identity groups hold a disproportionate amount of social, cultural, and economic power, while other groups hold little. In contemporary U.S. society, examples of this power are evident around issues of ability/disability, with able-bodied individuals wielding social dominance and people with disabilities experiencing a lack of social, cultural, and economic power. However, this relationship between able-bodied individuals and people with disabilities is neither static nor determinant; and through social modeling it may be altered to foster increased positive outcomes for people with disabilities, including both undergraduate and graduate students. As educators and institutional staff members frequently engage with students with disabilities, improving ally behavior and overall accessibility will increase rapport building with students, leading to more just and equitable interactions.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Social Theories, Learning Theories, Power Structure, Cultural Capital, Social Capital, Social Attitudes, Attitudes toward Disabilities, Accessibility (for Disabled), Social Cognition, College Students, Teacher Student Relationship, Social Reinforcement, Student Diversity
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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