From the voice of a ‘Socratic Gadfly’: a call for more academic activism in the researching of disability in postsecondary education

Seale, Jane K (2017). From the voice of a ‘Socratic Gadfly’: a call for more academic activism in the researching of disability in postsecondary education. European Journal of Special Needs Education, 32(1) pp. 153–169.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/08856257.2016.1254967

Abstract

In this article I use the lens of voices and silences to frame my review of research in the field of disability and postsecondary education. I argue that we need to view research in this field as a necessarily political act that seeks to turn voices of silence into voices of change. Researchers therefore need to re-think their role in order to understand how they can use and direct their political voices. In order to persuade researchers to heed my call for more academic activism I draw on the arguments of Allan (2010) and adopt the role of a ‘socratic gadfly’ to identify six political areas of research where I argue that voices and silences need more critical examination. In discussing these six areas I hope to illuminate the implications for ‘genuinely investigative’ research in the future.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 48038
  • Item Type
  • Journal Item
  • ISSN
  • 1469-591X
  • Keywords
  • disability; postsecondary education; academic activism; voices; silences
  • Academic Unit or School
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
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  • © 2016 Taylor and Francis
  • Depositing User
  • Jane Seale

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