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ERIC Number: EJ834413
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 69
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3116
Guardians of Tradition: Presentations of Inclusion in Three Introductory Special Education Textbooks
Rice, Nancy
International Journal of Inclusive Education, v9 n4 p405-429 Oct 2005
Textbooks contain information. They also contain attitudes, beliefs and values that are conveyed covertly through a variety of mechanisms such as the use of language, the choice of topic inclusion or exclusion, the focus on certain aspects of an issue, the simultaneous omission of other aspects, and other strategies. This paper analyses discussions of inclusion and "full" inclusion in three best-selling textbooks in the US college market. To analyse the texts, I employ Brantlinger's method of ideological critique, which applied Thompson's strategies of symbolic construction. Implications highlight the responsibility of teacher educators: (1) to analyse their course material for ideological underpinnings; (2) to teach future educators to develop a critical consciousness; (3) to model how to consider issues from a range of perspectives; and (4) to provide opportunities for future teachers to develop the habit of listening to the viewpoints of people with disabilities and their families. (Contains 1 table and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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