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ERIC Number: EJ887234
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 85
ISSN: ISSN-1547-1888
Resistance Theories: Exploring the Politics of Oppositional Behavior
Danforth, Scot
Multiple Voices for Ethnically Diverse Exceptional Learners, v4 n1 p13-29 Nov 2000
Special educators have historically used psychological theories to explain students' disruptive and oppositional behavior. Sociological research and theories have played a secondary or even nonexistent role. The sociology of education tradition within general education has developed an extensive literature examining student misbehavior. This article presents the resistance theories, one strain of the critical sociology of education. Given the preponderance of students of lower social class and minority group status within special education, these theories offer insightful and useful ways for special educators to understand the political nature of oppositional behavior. These theories provide suitable ways of interpreting the underlying political tensions that reside behind behavior and guidance for teachers who want to develop the school as a community enacting the social ethics of democracy.
Division for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners, Council for Exceptional Children. 1110 North Glebe Road Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22201. Tel: 888-232-7733; Fax: 703-264-9494; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education for All Handicapped Children Act