Disability and Democracy: Reconstructing (Special) Education for Postmodernity

Disability and Democracy: Reconstructing (Special) Education for Postmodernity


By (author) Thomas M. Skrtic

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  • Publisher: Teachers' College Press
  • Format: Paperback | 312 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 226mm x 25mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 1 December 1995
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0807734101
  • ISBN 13: 9780807734100

Product description

The text examines current practice in special education from a variety of metatheoretical perspectives: functionalism, interpretivism, radical structuralism, and radical humanism. Part 1 deconstructs the professions by showing how they are undermined by postmodern theories of knowledge, and proposes pragmatism as a method for reconstructing the profession of education. Part 2 describes special education, disability, and social justice from a variety of modern perspectives. Part 3 presents alternative modern and postmodern ways of reframing the problem of school failure, and proposes a new organizational form for schools that, informed by pragmatism, would enable a critical reconstruction of special education, public education, and contemporary society.

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