Out of Sight, Out of Mind/Out of Mind, out of Site: Schooling and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Graham, Linda J. (2006) Out of Sight, Out of Mind/Out of Mind, out of Site: Schooling and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. In MacKenzie, Jim (Ed.) Philosophy in Education Society of Australasia 2006 Annual Conference, 24th - 26th November 2006, University of Sydney.


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a diagnostic term now indelibly scored on the public psyche. It is one of the most widely researched topics in the world today. In some quarters, a diagnosis of "ADHD" is regarded with derision. In others, it can be a god-send. It appears the jury is still out with regards to the "truth" of ADHD. As such, 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. This paper draws on doctoral research that attempts to investigate this gap by questioning what might be happening in schools 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: 5443
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: ADHD, school, Foucault, discourse
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 14 Nov 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:35

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