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ERIC Number: EJ788705
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0885-6257
Response to Reidun Tangen
Lewis, Ann
European Journal of Special Needs Education, v23 n2 p167-168 May 2008
Reidun Tangen begins by reviewing interest in children's "voice" (encompassing the consumer driven, rights based, etc). The main body of her paper examines the philosophical underpinnings of child voice in the research context and, in particular, various interpretations of "the subject" (i.e., the knower) and what it is that is known (i.e., the focus of research interest). She is less concerned in this paper with methodologies and methods (how children's views may be accessed). For the most part, she does not make any particular distinctions between children with special needs or disabilities and other children. Her conceptualisation of "the subject" (i.e. child) comes down in favour of a relational view (balancing both individual and structural concerns) and might be applied to various work on voice in the context of children with disabilities or special needs. There is a large research literature around this (wider than she implies) and the application of her framework could provide coherence to this work. For example, Aitken and Millar (2004), Davis, Watson and Cunningham-Burley (2000) Lewis, Parsons and Robertson (2007) and Ware (2004) have taken diverse underlying conceptual positions in their work on researching disabled children's voices. Each of these studies could be located (by extrapolation) with reference to, for example, positivist, relational, structuralist or postmodern positions. This would take the body of work as a whole beyond the customary conclusion that hearing disabled children's voices is both feasible and interesting.
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