Book: Rethinking Disability: A Disability Studies Approach to Inclusive Practices
By Jan W. Valle, City College, City University of New York
David J. Connor (erroneously spelled Conner on the cover!), Hunter College, City University of New York
The 220 page book is published by McGraw-Hill as part of their PRACTICAL GUIDE series
aimed mainly at pre-service and novice teachers, although all texts address
issues also relevant to mid-career and "veteran" teachers.
The book was written for many reasons, including circulating the core ideas of
Disability Studies (and Disability Studies in Education) to a wider audience, who
can then use these ideas to support, maintain, and develop inclusive
classrooms. Above all, we wanted to show how DSE is relevant to everyday
classroom practice. Each of the ten chapters begins with an actual question that
novice-teachers have posed to one of us, and ends with a series of our own
questions designed to promote further discussion of the issues raised.
It can be adopted for courses on Inclusion and perhaps more
progressive versions of Introduction to Special Education.
A DISABILITY STUDIES APPROACH TO INCLUSIVE PRACTICES
Brief Table of Contents
PART I HOW KNOWLEDGE GUIDES PRACTICE
Chapter 1 Making Sense of Public School Culture and Context
"Why didn't somebody tell me that teaching is so complicated?"
Chapter 2 Contemplating the (In)visibility of Disability
"Why can't I remember going to school with kids with disabilities or
having a teacher with a disability?"
Chapter 3 Examining Beliefs and Expanding Notions of Normalcy
"What if I don't feel ready to teach ‘those' kids?"
Chapter 4 Practicing Educational Equity in a Democracy
"What if I'm still not sure about inclusion?"
PART II HOW PRACTICE DEEPENS KNOWLEDGE
Chapter 5 Selecting Approaches and Tools of Teaching
"How do I figure out what to teach in an inclusive classroom?"
Chapter 6 Creating a Dynamic Classroom Culture
"How can I be sure that I reach everybody?"
Chapter 7 Assessing Student Knowledge and Skills
"How do I know if they all got it?"
Chapter 8 Drawing Upon the Power of Two
"What will happen if I am asked to be a co-teacher?"
PART III HOW TALK CHANGES KNOWLEDGE AND PRACTICE
Chapter 9 Actively Challenging Normalcy
"How can I talk about disability in my classroom?"
Chapter 10 Promoting Inclusive Beliefs and Practices
"What if my school is ‘not there yet' in regard to inclusion?"