From ABCs to ADHD : the role of schooling the construction of behaviour disorder and the production of disorderly objects

Graham, Linda J. (2008) From ABCs to ADHD : the role of schooling the construction of behaviour disorder and the production of disorderly objects. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 12(1), pp. 7-33.

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Discussion of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in the media, and thus much popular discourse, typically revolves around the possible causes of disruptive behaviour and the “behaviourally disordered” child. The usual suspects - too much television and video games, food additives, bad parenting, lack of discipline and single mothers – feature prominently as potential contributors to the spiralling rate of ADHD diagnosis in Western industrialised nations, especially the United States and Australia. Conspicuously absent from the field of investigation, however, is the scene of schooling and the influence that the discourses and practices of schooling might bring to bear upon the constitution of “disorderly behaviour” and subsequent recognition of particular children as a particular kind of “disorderly”. This paper reviews a sample of the literature surrounding ADHD, in order to question the function of this absence and, ultimately, make an argument for an interrogation of the school as a site for the production of disorderly objects.

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ID Code: 57606
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Version of record first published: 11 Jan 2008
Keywords: ADHD, poststructural theory, inclusive education, behaviour
DOI: 10.1080/13603110701683311
ISSN: 1464–5173 (online) 1360–3116 (print)
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Special Education and Disability (130312)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 24 Feb 2013 23:11
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2013 14:21

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