Justifying and explaining disproportionality, 1968-2008: A critique of underlying views of culture

Alfredo Artiles, Elizabeth B. Kozleski, Stanley C. Trent, David Osher, Alba Ortiz

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Abstract

Special education has made considerable advances in research, policy, and practice in its short history. However, students from historically underserved groups continue to be disproportionately identified as requiring special education. Support for color-blind practices and policies can justify racial disproportionality in special education and signal a retrenchment to deficit views about students from historically underserved groups.We respond to these emerging concerns through an analysis of arguments that justify disproportionality. We also identify explanations of the problem and critique the views of culture that underlie these explanations. We conclude with a brief discussion of implications and future directions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)279-299
Number of pages21
JournalExceptional children
Volume76
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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