From the "Science of Disease" to the "Understanding of Those Who Suffer": The Cultivation of an Interpretive Understanding of "Behaviour Problems" in Children
Keywords:interpretive, hermeneutics, education, behaviour, special education, philosophy
In this interpretive essay, I attempt to unconceal the problematic history at play in Special Education in Alberta today, with a focus on â€œbehaviour studentsâ€ or their norm-referenced disability status. A brief, but central, anecdote is used to help reveal some of the everyday problems that arise in education because of the behavioural disability framing of students. I suggest that these problems are examples of Illichâ€™s appropriated notions of iatrogenesis and counterproductivity. As an applied emancipatory action, I call upon Gadamer and Ricoeur to help me interpretively turn the common, everyday understanding of pathology and self in the context of others as possibilities for understanding â€œbehaviour studentsâ€ anew.
behaviour, coding, dignity, disorder, iatrogenesis, self-esteem, special education
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