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

Graham, Linda J. (2006) From ABCs to ADHD: The role of schooling in the construction of 'behaviour disorder' and production of 'disorderly objects'. In Australian Association for Research in Education 2006 Annual Conference, 26th - 30th November, University of South Australia, Adelaide.


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: 5447
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The contents of this conference can be freely accessed online via the Association’s web page (see link).
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Keywords: ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, schools, inclusive education, medical model, multi, modal treatment, behaviour management
ISSN: 1324-9339
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 AARE & Linda J. Graham
Deposited On: 17 Nov 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:35

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