2015 Student Research Conference:
28th Annual Student Research Conference

An Introduction to Disabilities Studies in the Secondary English Classroom
Sara M. Redel♦
Rebecca Dierking, Dr. Barbara Price, and Dr. Linda Seidel, Faculty Mentors

This case study reports on observed conceptualizations of disability when introducing the perspective of Disabilities Studies to a diverse group of 14 to 16 year old students at a transitional urban/suburban Midwestern school. Students were introduced to the basic principles of the social model approach to understanding disability and explored excerpts from a young adult novel with a Disabilities Studies framework. Data includes student artifacts, the teacher journal, and conferences with students. Analysis will be applied through a constructivist paradigm to explore how students understanding of disability has been impacted by the end of the unit.

Keywords: Education, Disabilities Studies, Secondary English

Topic(s):English, Secondary MAE Research

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 308-3
Location: VH 1212
Time: 1:30

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