ERIC Number: EJ918899
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 103
A Social Constructionist Approach to Disability: Implications for Special Education
Anastasiou, Dimitris; Kauffman, James M.
Exceptional Children, v77 n3 p367-384 Spr 2011
Proponents of a social model of disability derive their arguments from social constructionism. They combine different disabling conditions under one term: disability. Subsequently, they apply the specific viewpoint of the disability rights social movement of people with physical disabilities to other conditions such as intellectual disabilities, autism, sensory disabilities, and emotional and behavioral disorders. Based on flawed premises and a romantic concept of social inclusion, special education is condemned as segregationist. The result is an unjust and uniform educational policy toward people whose disabilities are not physical.
Descriptors: Physical Disabilities, Educational Policy, Special Education, Inclusion, Equal Education, Mental Retardation, Autism, Behavior Disorders, Emotional Disturbances, Perceptual Impairments, Constructivism (Learning), Social Influences, Classification, Social Attitudes, Social Theories, Models, Social Bias, Labeling (of Persons), Barriers, General Education, Ideology
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