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ERIC Number: EJ902022
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0040-0599
Pigs, Pirates, and Pills: Using Film to Teach the Social Context of Disability
Connor, David J.; Bejoian, Lynne M.
TEACHING Exceptional Children, v39 n2 p52-60 Nov-Dec 2006
With the overwhelming negative connotations of disability, how can people ever see disability as a natural part of human diversity, merely another bodily attribute, and one that people can frame in positive terms? In brief, how can people view disability as simply another way of being? In this article, the authors begin to address these questions by describing a graduate course that they developed to help teachers explore disabilities from a social and cultural perspective. This course specifically investigates representations of disability in mainstream media, as well as the impact that such portrayals have on people with disabilities and on people without disabilities. In addition, this course requires that the participants develop activities, lessons, and units, as well as conduct research and locate appropriate texts, videos, and films for use in a K-12 curriculum. The authors believe that this course can serve as a model for educators that can help them rethink how to teach children and adolescents about disability. Before the authors share their exploration, they reflect on the general relationship between disability and schools. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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