Losing hope for change: socially just and disability studies in education educators’ choice to leave public schools

Carrie E. Rood, Christine Ashby

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Abstract

This paper highlights one key finding from a larger study where researchers utilised in-depth phenomenological interviews to explore the experiences and perspectives of public school teachers who espouse a disability studies in education (DSE) and social justice teaching identity. It specifically describes the relationship found between a lack of support for DSE teaching identities and educators’ choice to leave public school teaching. It highlights how the lack of consistent and authentic administrative and institutional support for teachers underlying beliefs led the majority of the participants to feel increasingly isolated from their schools, and in their work as teachers. Thus, the paper describes the specific emotions and seclusion participants experienced in attempting to enact their commitments to DSE, which in turn exacerbated participants’ understanding of their place in their particular school systems and in schooling more broadly. Finally, it describes participants’ desires to leave public schooling and plans for continued DSE practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)130-146
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Inclusive Education
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 28 2020

Keywords

  • Teacher retention
  • disability studies in education
  • teacher identity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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