Dysrationalia: an institutional learning disability?

Barden, Owen (2014) Dysrationalia: an institutional learning disability? In: Changing social attitudes toward disability: perspectives from historical, cultural, and educational studies. Routledge, pp. 142-152.

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Contemporaneously with the publication of Lennard Davis’s Enforcing Normalcy in 1995, Keith Stanovich, an eminent Canadian psychologist, was questioning the conceptual foundations of learning disabilities. To illustrate his critique he invented a new learning disability that he called dysrationalia (Stanovich, 1993). Around the same time, Peter Senge's seminal management book The Fifth Discipline was encouraging people to credit organisations with the ability to learn and even to have learning disabilities (Senge, 1990). True to the interdisciplinary ethos of Disability Studies, in this chapter I draw on current and historical perspectives from discourses including philosophy, critical and cognitive psychology, and organisation management to ask if dysrationalia can help to explain social attitudes toward disability as they occur within organisations.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: disability, learning disability, organisational learning, psychology, attitudes
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Disability and Education
Depositing User: Susan Blagbrough
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2016 16:02
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2016 16:02
URI: https://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/739

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