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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’).


Insiders perspectives


Insiders perspectives


Lessons learned
Lessons Learned the phenomenon of disability, e.g. interfacing with multicultural education, the humanities, social

  • 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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Questions to ask
Questions to Ask micro-, macro-, etc.).

  • 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?