Who is Disabled? Who is Not? Teachers Perceptions of Disability in Lesotho

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Christopher J. Johnstone


disability, Africa, special education


This paper reports on educational research conducted in Lesotho, Southern Africa.  Mixed methods of research were used to elicit and describe teachers’ attitudes toward children they perceived as disabled.  The study took place in a country where discussions on ‘the continuum’ of services, specialist diagnoses, and Western notions of assistive technology are largely irrelevant. Over-arching themes are compared to themes that have emerged from special education and Disability Studies literature over the past decade.

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