ERIC Number: EJ832618
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 116
Toward a Cultural Perspective and Understanding of the Disability and Deaf Experience in Special and Multicultural Education
Johnson, John R.; McIntosh, Angela S.
Remedial and Special Education, v30 n2 p67-83 2009
This position paper provides a rationale for infusing cultural perspectives and understandings of the Disability and Deaf experiences into special and multicultural education teacher preparation programs. Substantial evidence of well-established features of the Disability community and Deaf community that meet definitional criteria for culture as conveyed in the multicultural education literature is presented. The extent that Disability and Deaf cultures have been reflected in special and multicultural education textbooks is addressed to validate the need for the incorporation of cultural perspectives of Disability and Deaf experiences into teacher preparation programs. A conspicuous absence of discussion about the culture of Disability and Deafness from the perspectives of members of these communities is reported. Implications of these findings for teacher preparation programs and for educational policy, practice, and research are discussed. Recommendations for the acknowledgement and support of cultural perspectives and understandings related to the Disability and Deaf experiences are offered.
Descriptors: Multicultural Education, Textbooks, Deafness, Educational Policy, Special Education, Cultural Pluralism, Disabilities, Cultural Influences, Teacher Education, Cultural Awareness, Resistance (Psychology), Teacher Competencies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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