Agency in the darkness: ‘fear of the unknown’, learning disability and teacher education for inclusion

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/621973
Title:
Agency in the darkness: ‘fear of the unknown’, learning disability and teacher education for inclusion
Authors:
Robinson, Deborah ( 0000-0002-2209-5712 ) ; Goodey, Chris
Abstract:
This paper proposes inclusion phobia as a sharper and more operative definition of the ‘fear of the unknown’ often cited as an explanation for resistance to inclusive education. Using ‘severe and profound learning disability’ as the paradigm case, we situate the phobia surrounding this label in its social and historical context. Our hypothesis is that resistance to inclusion for this group is not rational but amounts to a thought disorder in a psychiatric sense. Using qualitative case studies of pre-service teachers on practicum and head teachers engaged in decisions about admissions, we demonstrate the workings and impact of inclusion phobia. We illustrate its trajectory from a general social dysfunction, to the systems that channel it to the individuals caught up in it. Our aim is to expose inclusion phobia so that, teacher educators, teachers and pre-service teachers might, in knowing it, find new ways to remedy it. In doing so, long standing resistance to inclusive education is made more tractable. We conclude with our own proposals for an anti-phobic curriculum for teacher education.
Affiliation:
University of Derby; University of Leicester
Citation:
Robinson, D. and Goodey, C. (2017) 'Agency in the darkness: ‘fear of the unknown’, learning disability and teacher education for inclusion', International Journal of Inclusive Education, DOI: 10.1080/13603116.2017.1370738
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Journal:
International Journal of Inclusive Education
Issue Date:
4-Sep-2017
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/621973
DOI:
10.1080/13603116.2017.1370738
Additional Links:
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13603116.2017.1370738
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
13603116
EISSN:
14645173
Sponsors:
N/A
Appears in Collections:
Institute of Education

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dc.contributor.authorRobinson, Deborahen
dc.contributor.authorGoodey, Chrisen
dc.date.accessioned2017-11-24T16:39:02Z-
dc.date.available2017-11-24T16:39:02Z-
dc.date.issued2017-09-04-
dc.identifier.citationRobinson, D. and Goodey, C. (2017) 'Agency in the darkness: ‘fear of the unknown’, learning disability and teacher education for inclusion', International Journal of Inclusive Education, DOI: 10.1080/13603116.2017.1370738en
dc.identifier.issn13603116-
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/13603116.2017.1370738-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10545/621973-
dc.description.abstractThis paper proposes inclusion phobia as a sharper and more operative definition of the ‘fear of the unknown’ often cited as an explanation for resistance to inclusive education. Using ‘severe and profound learning disability’ as the paradigm case, we situate the phobia surrounding this label in its social and historical context. Our hypothesis is that resistance to inclusion for this group is not rational but amounts to a thought disorder in a psychiatric sense. Using qualitative case studies of pre-service teachers on practicum and head teachers engaged in decisions about admissions, we demonstrate the workings and impact of inclusion phobia. We illustrate its trajectory from a general social dysfunction, to the systems that channel it to the individuals caught up in it. Our aim is to expose inclusion phobia so that, teacher educators, teachers and pre-service teachers might, in knowing it, find new ways to remedy it. In doing so, long standing resistance to inclusive education is made more tractable. We conclude with our own proposals for an anti-phobic curriculum for teacher education.en
dc.description.sponsorshipN/Aen
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherTaylor and Francisen
dc.relation.urlhttps://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13603116.2017.1370738en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to International Journal of Inclusive Educationen
dc.subjectTeacher educationen
dc.subjectInclusionen
dc.subjectSpecial Educational Needsen
dc.titleAgency in the darkness: ‘fear of the unknown’, learning disability and teacher education for inclusionen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.eissn14645173-
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Derbyen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Leicesteren
dc.identifier.journalInternational Journal of Inclusive Educationen
dc.contributor.institutionInstitute of Education, University of Derby, Derby, UK-
dc.contributor.institutionCentre for Medical Humanities, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK-
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