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ERIC Number: EJ856717
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
ISSN: ISSN-1745-7823
Routine (Dis)Order in an Infant School
Bailey, Simon; Thomson, Pat
Ethnography and Education, v4 n2 p211-227 Jun 2009
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is popularly understood to be a condition which resides in the person. In this scenario, the school is an innocent bystander, a container for the "maladjusted child". Drawing on an ethnographic case study of one classroom, the first stage of doctoral research into the production of the diagnosis of ADHD, we argue that the school is complicit in the construction of the (dis)order. It is the micro-practices of routinisation, material manifestations of normative discourses of good behaviour and a medicalised episteme that include some children, while excluding others. Those who fail to conform to the norms are singled out for "special" (education) treatment, one form of which is a diagnosis of ADHD. (Contains 1 table and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Grade 2
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United Kingdom (England)