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ERIC Number: EJ834681
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0161-7761
Broken Brains and Broken Homes: The Meaning of Special Education in an Appalachian Community
Smardon, Regina
Anthropology & Education Quarterly, v39 n2 p161-180 Jun 2008
In this article, I explore the meaning of disability within the everyday lives of Clear River third-grade students. The concept of a disability narrative is developed to explain how expert disability labels shape the experience of academic performance and failure. Previous studies of disability labeling have neglected the life of the label after it has become entextualized. I focus on how the layperson translates the technical language of experts into the moral language of everyday life.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 3
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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