'Staying in class so no-one can get to him' : a case for the institutional reproduction of ADHD categories and behaviours

Exley, Beryl E. (2008) 'Staying in class so no-one can get to him' : a case for the institutional reproduction of ADHD categories and behaviours. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 12(1), pp. 65-80.

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This paper focuses a sociological lens on what two early years Australian school boys labelled as having ADHD and an early years teacher have to say about social relations within informal play environments. The boys participated in separate semi-structured interviews where they predicted the likely outcomes of social interactions within informal play environments for a toy puppy who was exhibiting ADHD-like behaviours. The students forewarned that puppy should be 'staying in class so no-one can get to him', and that 'his friends will be cruel and tease him', making him into a 'bad' puppy. A follow up interview with one early years teacher confirms that the boys' predictions reflect their lived experiences as students labelled as ADHD in institutional play environments. A theoretical framework based on concepts of social power and control (Bernstein, 2000) is used to analyse the boys' and teacher's interview talk to explain how particular social discourses have the potential to trap students labelled as ADHD into this category and the difficulties one socially aware teacher faces as she tries to disrupt these dominant disabling discourses.

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ID Code: 13221
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: ADHD, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Bernstein, educational sociology, early childhood, interview study
DOI: 10.1080/13603110701683196
ISSN: 1464-5173
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociology of Education (160809)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: First published in International Journal of Inclusive Education 12(1):pp. 65-80.
Deposited On: 02 Apr 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:47

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