Out of sight, out of mind/out of mind, out of site : Schooling and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

Graham, Linda J. (2007) Out of sight, out of mind/out of mind, out of site : Schooling and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 20(5), pp. 1-18.

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a diagnostic term now indelibly scored on the public psyche. In some quarters, a diagnosis of “ADHD” is regarded with derision. In others it is welcomed with relief. Despite intense multi-disciplinary research, the jury is still out with regards to the “truth” of ADHD. Not surprisingly, the rapid increase in diagnosis over the past fifteen years, coupled with an exponential rise in the prescription of restricted class psychopharmaceuticals has stirred virulent debate. Provoking the most interest, it seems, are questions regarding causality. Typically, these revolve around possible antecedents for “disorderly” behaviour – bad food, bad tv and bad parents. Very seldom is the institution of schooling ever in the line of sight. To investigate this gap, I draw on Foucault to question what might be happening in schools and how this may be contributing to the definition, recognition and classification of particular children as a particular kind of “disorderly”.

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ID Code: 57608
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Version of record first published: 14 Aug 2007
Keywords: ADHD, poststructural theory, behaviour, sociology, inclusive education
DOI: 10.1080/09518390601176705
ISSN: 1366-5898 (online) 0951-8398 (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 2007 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 24 Feb 2013 22:44
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2013 09:32

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