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Wednesday, November 16 • 2:25pm - 3:30pm
GSS Session 10 - Using Theory and Discourse to Explain Complexity

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Participants: An Analysis of the Complexity of a District Leadership Team's Understanding of Inclusion Karen Ramlackhan, University of South Florida The multiplicity of meanings of inclusion within special education have shaped the development and implementation of policies, procedures, and practices regarding inclusive education. This polarizing issue has created a rift among practitioners and researchers regarding where and how children with disabilities should be educated. This critically-oriented discourse analysis explored how the discourses of inclusion are constructed, practices are normalized, and power relations are legitimized within a district leadership team via power/knowledge nexus and disciplinary power. Deconstructing a Complex Context of Discipline Policy Implementation: An Ecology Metaphor Approach Wei-Ling Sun, University of Texas - Austin A growing body of work examines discipline outcomes and effects on students of color and students with special needs. But taking a more complex social cultural approach on understanding discipline policy implementation remains a challenge. This paper reviews recent literature on school discipline policies, highlights important research questions, and uses an ecology metaphor to propose a set of conceptual tools to examine the social, political, linguistic aspects of school discipline policy implementation. A Teacher Leadership Policy-Viewed Through the Lens of Institutional Theory Matthew Stier, University of Iowa Using an institutional theory lens, this study seeks to understand the development and implementation of a state policy to promote teacher leadership roles within Iowa K-12 schools. This study uses a qualitative analysis of public discourse to provide a picture of the environmental and organizational factors affecting implementation, with a focus on structural changes and cultural changes. Data sources included policy documents, guidance provided to school districts, and newspaper articles. Queer the Power! Queer Theory and the Promise of Student Activism Susan M Croteau, Texas State University Humanity is currently facing multiple crises that put our future in great peril. Student activism may offer hope for the solution of these problems. Although many theoretical perspectives can be used to understand student activist movements, Queer Theory provides an overarching concept that helps unify the disparate issues addressed by them: binary thinking. In this paper, the author makes an argument using Queer Theory to analyze and encourage student activism. Facilitator: Joan Poliner Shapiro, Temple University


Wednesday November 16, 2016 2:25pm - 3:30pm
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center: Floor 5 - Nicolet B

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