Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory

2017 Edition
| Editors: Michael A. Peters

Disability Studies in Education (DSE) and the Epistemology of Special Education

  • Justin E. Freedman
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-588-4_451


Introduction: Disability Studies in Education as Critical Special Education

Disability Studies in Education (DSE) is an international academic research field that is a subdiscipline of the larger field of Disability Studies. DSE was formalized as an independent field in the United States in 1999, when a group of Disability Studies scholars formed a special interest group in the American Education Research Association. Although there is no singular theoretical framework used in DSE, a theme undergirding the scholarship is to critically examine practices at the intersection of disability and schooling (Baglieri et al. 2010).

This focus on disability and schooling aligns DSE scholars with the existing research field of Special Education. While there is overlap between the fields, the critical orientation of DSE is a key element that distinguishes...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Syracuse UniversitySyracuseUSA