Poststructuralism at Work with Marginalised Children

Researching Special Schools: A Poststructuralist Approach

Author(s): Bronwyn Davies and Cath Laws

Pp: 3-26 (24)

Doi: 10.2174/978160805278311102010003

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This work involves developing the capacity to apply poststructuralism in a place where other discourses are dominant. I examine the educational practices used in a special school for those students who are read as unmanageable and too violent to be maintained in mainstream/regular schooling. In this chapter, I examine ways of collecting data in a poststructural frame, and ways of making the discursive practices of the special school more visible. I discuss the difficulties of working in a poststructuralist way and examine issues of anonymity for the students who were part of my study. I then discuss the theoretical framework, which is particularly informed by the work of Foucault. During the period of my study, I was the principal of the school in which the study was undertaken.

Keywords: education, disability, Foucault, special schools, poststructuralist research, deconstruction, emotional and behavioural disorders, binary/binaries.

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