ERIC Number: EJ822008
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
Teaching about Disability: An Ethical Responsibility?
McLean, Margaret A.
International Journal of Inclusive Education, v12 n5-6 p605-619 Sep 2008
This paper claims that identifying, confronting, and changing ableist and oppressive views of disability through adult education is an ethical responsibility for educators. This can be construed as requiring changes to the kind of in-service education currently provided for professionals in the fields of special education and disability support. It requires a context for both adult educators and students to examine and challenge their assumptions and participate in a process of change leading to the disestablishment of beliefs in ableist superiority. The paper illustrates the effect of some practices, which enable reflection and critique on ableist assumptions while promoting opportunities for disabled and non-disabled people to get to know one another as both teachers and learners. (Contains 1 figure.)
Descriptors: Disabilities, Adult Educators, Ethics, Social Bias, Social Attitudes, Equal Education, Teacher Responsibility, Inservice Teacher Education, Special Education, Adult Learning, Consciousness Raising, Teacher Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
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