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An analysis of the discourses and discursive devices used to represent learning disability in the stories told in the classroom to students by learning disability nurse teachers

Shaw, Susan Angela (2007) An analysis of the discourses and discursive devices used to represent learning disability in the stories told in the classroom to students by learning disability nurse teachers. Doctoral thesis, University of Huddersfield.

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    This study explores the complexities of the social construction of learning disability.
    The focus is upon the ways in which learning disability nurse teachers represent their
    experiences of learning disability nurse practice in stories. The stories focussed upon
    in this study were identified in a series of 20 audio taped teaching sessions with
    student learning disability nurses. The research investigations centred upon the
    learning disability constructions in some 30 stories and were also supported by 5
    subsequent interviews with the teachers and observations of 7 teaching sessions. The
    findings highlight some interesting ideas about the social construction of learning
    disability by nurse educators and also the personal tensions expressed by learning
    disability nurses trained in the past but faced with the dominant discourses of today.
    As a qualitative study, this research drew upon the ideas of social construction and
    competing discourses most commonly associated with Michael Foucault in his works
    Discipline and Punish and Madness and Civilisation. In particular the stories were
    investigated for the influences of medicalising and professionalising discourses which
    construct people with learning disability as powerless and the learning disability nurse
    with the power to control. The investigations began with a form of Foucauldian
    discourse analysis which was used to examine the transcribed storied material,
    interviews and observations. Following initial engagement the investigations also
    developed with the aid of discourse analysis more heavily influenced by the
    discursive psychology of Potter and Wetherell (2004). Both forms of discourse
    analysis assisted the investigation of the many ways or modes in which learning
    disability was constructed by nurse teachers.

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    Uncontrolled Keywords: discourses discursive device learning disability stories classroom students nurse teacher
    Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
    L Education > L Education (General)
    Schools: School of Education and Professional Development

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