Enabling the classroom and the curriculum: higher education, literary studies and disability

Bolt, David (2016) Enabling the classroom and the curriculum: higher education, literary studies and disability. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 41 (4). pp. 556-565. ISSN 0309-877X (Print) 1469-9486 (online)

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In this article the tripartite model of disability is applied to the lived experience of twenty-first-century higher education. The tripartite model facilitates a complex understanding of disability that recognises assumptions and discrimination but not at the cost of valued identity. This being so, not only the normative positivisms and non-normative negativisms but also the non-normative positivisms of the classroom and the curriculum are explored. Inclusion is taken as the starting point and the argument progresses to a profound and innovational appreciation of disability. The problem addressed is that inclusion, as shown in The Biopolitics of Disability, constitutes little more than inclusion-ism until disability is recognised in the context of alternative lives and values that neither enforce nor reify normalcy. Informed by this understanding, the article adopts the disciplinary example of literary studies and refers to Brian Friel’s Molly Sweeney as a primary text. The conclusion is that, despite passive and active resistance, disability enters higher education in many ways, most of which are beneficial to students and educators alike.

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Additional Information and Comments: This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article submitted for consideration in the Journal of Further and Higher Educatio [copyright Taylor & Francis]; Journal of Further and Higher Educatio is available online at http://www.tandfonline.com/http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0309877X.2015.1135888."
Keywords: "literary studies; disability studies; curricular reform; inclusion; tripartite model of disability"
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Disability and Education
Depositing User: Philippa Williams
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2016 14:59
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2017 00:15
URI: https://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/1085

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