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Practicing Disability Studies in Education

Acting Toward Social Change


Edited By David J. Connor, Jan W. Valle and Chris Hale

Practicing Disability Studies in Education: Acting Toward Social Change celebrates the diversity of contemporary work being developed by a range of scholars working within the field of Disability Studies in Education (DSE). The central idea of this volume is to share ways in which educators practice DSE in creative and eclectic ways in order to rethink, reframe, and reshape the current educational response to disability. Largely confined to the limitations of traditional educational discourse, this collective (and growing) group continues to push limits, break molds, assert the need for plurality, explore possibilities, move into the unknown, take chances, strategize to destabilize, and co-create new visions for what can be, instead of settling for what is. Much like jazz musicians who rely upon one another on stage to create music collectively, these featured scholars have been – and continue to – riff with one another in creating the growing body of DSE literature. In sum, this volume is DSE «at work.»
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Connor, David J. Practicing disability studies in education: acting toward social change / edited by David J. Connor, Jan W. Valle, Chris Hale. pages cm. — (Disability studies in education; v. 17) Includes bibliographical references. 1. Students with disabilities—Education. 2. Special education. 3. Inclusive education. 4. Disability studies. 5. Sociology of disability. I. Valle, Jan W. II. Hale, Chris III. Title. LC4065.C66 371.9—dc23 2014033108 ISBN 978-1-4331-2552-2 (hardcover) ISBN 978-1-4331-2551-5 (paperback) ISBN 978-1-4539-1446-5 (e-book) ISSN 1548-7210

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