Title

Intersectional Disruptor: A Special Educator of Color Living and Teaching in the Intersections

Published In

Teacher Education and Special Education

Document Type

Citation

Publication Date

2-1-2022

Abstract

Scholars argue that teaching for disability and racial justice in education must be intersectional to jointly disrupt the marginalizing processes that occur at the nexus of ableism and racism. It has been suggested that special educators of color can play a key role in addressing inequity and disproportionality in special education. Yet, special educators of color are perpetually underrepresented in the workforce. At the same time, special education research remains overwhelmingly silent on the unique experiences and contributions of educators of color, particularly Black women. This qualitative case study employs DisCrit Classroom Ecology and Positioning Theory as a conceptual framework to explore how Sarah, a Black special educator, drew on her life histories to enact transformative teacher resistance. Implications will be offered for how special education teacher preparation programs can center the crucial role of Black educators in special education.

Rights

Copyright © 2022 by Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children

DOI

10.1177/08884064211062872

Persistent Identifier

https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/37170

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