It Depends: A Sociohistorical Account of the Definition and Methods of Identification of Learning Disabilities


by Margaret A. Gallego, Grace Zamora Durán & Elba I. Reyes - 2006

In the midst of unprecedented knowledge generation in the field of education, the definition of learning disabilities and the methods used for its identification have essentially remained the same for nearly 30 years. Working from a sociohistorical perspective, the authors’ distinct professional positions within education (university academic, federal program officer, and school administrator) serve as the lenses to examine the constancy of the official definition and the means for the identification of learning disabilities relative to changes throughout the historical chronologies of educational theory, policy, and practice. The concept of context as that which weaves is used to illustrate the relationships across several historical episodes.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 11, 2006, p. 2195-2219
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12802, Date Accessed: 8/6/2020 9:58:10 AM

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