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ERIC Number: EJ946924
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3116
The CEC Professional Standards: A Foucauldian Genealogy of the Re/construction of Special Education
Ashton, Jennifer Randhare
International Journal of Inclusive Education, v15 n8 p775-795 2011
This paper presents a Foucauldian analysis of the 2003 Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Professional Standards. It examines the role of the CEC and their professional standards in the construction of the special educator and the student with disabilities and the potential implications that these constructions have for inclusive education. Furthermore, this analysis will establish the standards serve as a vehicle for the reproduction of the special educator who in turn reproduces the special education student, which has preserved and protected the special education profession throughout the past 25 years. The CEC Professional Standards represent over 100 years of supposed "progress" in special education; but progress towards what end and to whose benefit? It is my assertion that these standards have played a vital role in the construction of the special educator, the individual with disabilities and the special education profession as a whole. Furthermore, the standards, and by extension, the social constructions of special educators and students with disabilities represent significant barriers to inclusive education. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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