Teaching disability: strategies for the reconstitution of disability knowledge

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As teachers of disability studies, working with students from the health and psychological sciences, we tackle some of our pedagogical challenges and offer productive possibilities. We begin by introducing the offerings of disability studies and then consider our first question: how might we invite disability into our teaching? We introduce a Spanish tale – Por cuatro esquinitas de nada–that, while aimed at children and not explicitly engaged with a disability, permits us to engage in inter-textual analyses of disability. We find that students move through different stages of what we term distinction, idealisation and invisibility/concealment. We then address our second question–what does it mean to teach disability? We answer this with reference to the generative practices of two teaching methodologies: disposal and disavowal. We conclude the paper by considering the importance of generating critical theories of disability.

Translated title of the contributionEnseñanza de la Discapacidad: Estrategias para la reconstitución del conocimiento en discapacidad
Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1
Pages (from-to)1
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Inclusive Education
Issue number14
Early online dateJul 10 2019
StatePublished - Jul 10 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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