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ERIC Number: EJ833085
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3116
"But How Can Those Students Make It Here?": Examining the Institutional Discourse about What It Means to Be "LD" at an Ivy League University
Luna, Cathy
International Journal of Inclusive Education, v13 n2 p157-178 Mar 2009
In this paper, I examine and critique the construction of "learning disabilities" at an Ivy League university in the USA. Drawn from a study of the experiences of learning disabled labelled Ivy undergraduates, this paper focuses on the language practices, assumptions, and power relationships that characterize the University discourse within and against which these diverse learners shape their educational lives and identities. Using discourse analysis techniques, I analyse University policies and practices to illuminate the complex, disempowering discourse about what it means to be "LD" at the University. I conclude with possibilities for constructing an alternative discourse about learning diversity. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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