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ERIC Number: EJ887067
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 123
ISSN: ISSN-1547-1888
Intersectional Needs Politics: A Policy Frame for the Wicked Problem of Disproportionality
McCall, Zach; Skrtic, Thomas M.
Multiple Voices for Ethnically Diverse Exceptional Learners, v11 2 p3-23 Spr 2009
The disproportionate representation of poor, working class, and racial/ethnic minority students in special education is a wicked policy problem because its formulation involves choosing among alternative problem interpretations and associated consequences. Integrating the work of Patricia Hill Collins and Nancy Fraser, the authors propose intersectional needs politics as a two-part meta-frame for conceptualizing the disproportionality problem, which they use to show how an interplay of individual and structural forces has shaped the relationship between oppression and activism in the disability rights and civil rights movements, and to argue that framing disproportionality solely as a problem of special education practice ignores a key institutional function of special education in an unequal, stratified, and racialized education system. They also use the meta-frame to show how provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act perpetuate the disproportionality problem and on this basis offer recommendations that they believe are essential for its just resolution. (Contains 9 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act