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Rethinking and reimagining special education: stories of three college students

  • Journal of Special Education: Theory and Practice
  • Abbr : JSPED
  • 2015, 16(3), pp.1-33
  • Publisher : Research Institute of the Korea Special Education
  • Research Area : Social Science > Education

Um, Soojung 1 Aeran Yoo 1

1나사렛대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study, grounded in Disability Studies in Education, aims to interrogate the generally accepted assumption that special education is ‘for’ students with disabilities. This study explores how three college students with disabilities understand and interpret their experiences of special education in K-12 settings. Narrative forms of qualitative inquiry provide the framework for methodology of this study. Semi-structured in-depth interviews serve as the primary means of data collection. The findings show that the research participants conceive special education as the sole alternative to exclusive practices of general education, as a mechanism that exacerbates their materialization in schools, and as an education system that forces the ideology of normalcy. The narratives of the research participants are informed by dominant discourses of disability circulating in wider society, which justify exclusionary practices in education. Yet, their narratives produce some counter-dominant discourses that might challenge and dismantle the status quo at the same time.

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