Care-less spaces and identity construction: transition to secondary school for disabled children
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KeywordsDisabilitySupportEducationCare ethicsParentingSpecial educational needs
Permissions© 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Children’s Geographies on 12 August 2016 available online at http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14733285.2016.1219021
There is a growing body of literature which marks out a feminist ethics of care and it is within this framework we understand transitions from primary to secondary school education can be challenging and care-less, especially for disabled children. By exploring the narratives of parents and professionals, we investigate transitions and self-identity, as a meaningful transition depends on the care-full spaces pupils inhabit. These education narratives are all in the context of privileging academic attainment and a culture of testing and examinations. Parents and professionals, as well as children are also surveyed. Until there are care-full education processes, marginalisation will remain, impacting on disabled children’s transition to secondary school and healthy identity construction. Moreover, if educational challenges are not addressed, their life chances are increasingly limited. Interdependent caring work enables engagement in a meaningful education and positive identity formation. In school and at home, care-full spaces are key in this process.