Studying Disability and Disability Studies: Shifting Paradigms of LD-- A Synthesis of Responses to Reid and Valle

Connor, David J.
March 2005
Journal of Learning Disabilities;Mar/Apr2005, Vol. 38 Issue 2, p159
Academic Journal
In this article, I discuss the 11 diverse responses to Reid and Valle's work on the discursive practice of learning disabilities (LD), implications for instruction, and parent-school relations. I highlight key ideas from each article and then focus on three common areas of interest shared by most respondents: the unacceptable status quo of schooling practices; desired changes in schooling practices; and knowledge production in the field of special education and its relation to schooling practices. In light of the many issues raised, I urge the need for a reflective turn in the field of LD and for openness toward diversification of thought.


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