Disability And Democracy: Reconstructing (Special Education For Postmodernity)
Publish Date: 1995-03-01
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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.