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Insiders’ Perspectives. Susan L. Gabel, PhD. Tenets of Disability Studies in Education. Contextualize disability within political and social spheres. Privilege the interests, agendas, and voices of people with disabilities.

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insiders perspectives

Insiders’ Perspectives

Susan L. Gabel, PhD

tenets of disability studies in education
Tenets of Disability Studies in Education
  • Contextualize disability within political and social spheres.
  • Privilege the interests, agendas, and voices of people with disabilities.
  • Promote social justice, equitable and inclusive educational opportunities, and full and meaningful access to all aspects of society for people with disabilities.
  • Assume competence and reject deficit models of disability.
guidelines for research in dse
Guidelines for Research in DSE
  • Scholars with disabilities and non-disabled scholars work together.
  • Recognize and privilege the knowledge derived from the lived experience of people with disabilities.
  • Whenever possible adhere to an emancipatory stance (for example, working with people with disabilities as informed participants or co-researchers, not ‘subjects’).
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Welcome intradisciplinary approaches to understanding the phenomenon of disability, e.g. multiple research approaches.

  • Challenges research methodology that objectifies, marginalizes, and oppresses people with disabilities.
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● Cultivates interdisciplinary approaches to understanding the phenomenon of disability, e.g. interfacing with multicultural education, the humanities, social sciences, philosophy, cultural studies, etc.

lessons learned
Lessons Learned
  • Disability identity is fluid.
  • Avoid literal translation when working cross-culturally (e.g., learning disabled).
  • Use participants’ native language when possible.
  • Question basic concepts used by participants (e.g., normal).
  • Conduct more than one analysis (e.g., thematic, theoretical).
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Be clear about unit of analysis (e.g., individual, group, micro-, macro-, etc.).

  • A thorough literature review is essential prior to data gathering/analysis.
  • Context is essential.
    • Social
    • Political
    • Historic
    • Economic
questions to ask
Questions to Ask
  • How can I avoid reproducing medical model discourses?
  • How can I understand and articulate the complexities of my participants’ lives in context?
  • What are the things in the data that bump up against each other? Where are the dissonances?
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