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Race, Language, and Ability: Deconstructing, Reconstructing, and Transcending Borders of Normal


by Brooke Prichard, Subini Annamma, Amy Boele & Janette K. Klingner June 22, 2010

This commentary explores how conceptions of "normal" have been constructed around issues of race, language, and ability. By combining three theoretical frameworks, Critical Race Theory, Cultural Historical Activity Theory, and Disability Studies, the authors attempt to deconstruct, reconstruct, and transcend the perceived borders of normal.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: June 22, 2010
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 16028, Date Accessed: 11/24/2017 9:35:39 AM

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  • Brooke Prichard
    University of Colorado, Boulder
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    BROOKE PRICHARD is a former, upper elementary, special education teacher of over ten years, having worked with students with learning disabilities. Brooke received her Master's degree in curriculum and instruction in reading from Tarleton State University in Texas in 2005. Currently she is beginning her fourth year as a doctoral student in the Educational Psychology program at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Brooke's research interests include: issues of equity for students with learning disabilities, identity development of students with learning disabilities, and the disproportionate representation of culturally and linguistically diverse students in special education.
  • Subini Annamma
    University of Colorado, Boulder
    SUBINI ANNAMMA is currently a doctoral student at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Previously, she had been a special education teacher working with culturally and linguistically diverse students with emotional, behavioral, and learning disabilities in a variety of settings. Subini's research interests include educational equity, racial identity development, transnational and transracial adoption, and the disproportionate representation of culturally and linguistically diverse students in special education.
  • Amy Boele
    University of Colorado, Boulder
    AMY BOELE is a former special education teacher of six years, and she taught at both the elementary and high school levels. Currently, she is a doctoral student at the University of Colorado Boulder and will begin her third year of the Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity program in the fall. Amy received her Master's degree in bilingual education and special education from CU in 2008, and she continues to focus her areas of study on issues of equity for students with special needs, as well as for culturally and linguistically diverse learners. Her research interests also include reading comprehension and assessment.
  • Janette Klingner
    University of Colorado, Boulder
    JANETTE KLINGNER is a professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She was a bilingual special education teacher for ten years before earning a Ph.D. in reading and learning disabilities. To date she has authored or co-authored more than 100 articles, books, and book chapters. Research interests include: Response to Intervention for English language learners, reading comprehension strategy instruction, and the disproportionate representation of culturally and linguistically diverse students in special education.
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