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The Learning Mystique

The Learning Mystique. Important Considerations for Parents By: Dan Howell Stacy Peele Romy Brooks Ashley Barker. Summary of the Book.

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The Learning Mystique

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  1. The Learning Mystique Important Considerations for Parents By: Dan Howell Stacy Peele Romy Brooks Ashley Barker

  2. Summary of the Book • Gerald Coles provides a deep critical evaluation of the available scientific research on learning disabilities in his book The Learning Mystique: A Critical Look at "Learning Disabilities". The core of Coles' argument is that there is a lack of scientific evidence to back up brain dysfunction as the explanation for learning disabilities. Coles does not argue that these children do in fact have serious learning difficulties. However, he does not attribute their struggles to brain dysfunction. His theory is Interactivity Theory which states that learning disabilities develop from the child's interaction within social relationships.

  3. Coles in a Nutshell Even twin studies neglected social component Not the brain Research lacked neurological basis Interactivity Theory- Systematic economic, social, and cultural conditions are the principle influences to learning failure

  4. Book to Project Connection To show and discuss the myths that are associated with learning disabilities. Bring awareness to the causes and meaning of learning disabled.

  5. The problem and the audience: Getting the message to the community (including our children!) about the myths of learning disabilities related to: 1. Medications 2. Heredity 3. Family role 4. Age of diagnosis 5. Gender equality 6. Educator’s role 7. School’s role 8. Brain damage 9. Brain dysfunction 10. Learned helplessness/victim blame Our work will be distributed to the following locations to promote information seeking and advocacy related to learning disabilities: YOU! T-EDUC 501 CLASS and….. • White River High School, Sumner Library • Local Coffee Shops • Mel Korum YMCA (Puyallup) • Boys and Girls Club (Tacoma), UWT Autism Center

  6. The Project: Bookmark and Wiki • The Bookmark: • Formatted so people will read. • Address Coles and Current Info • Link to Wiki • The Wiki • http://toptenldmyths.wikispaces.com • Flexibility-anyone can add info since we are not experts. • Statistics • Blogging Ability • Additional Resources Are we born with Learning Disabilities?

  7. Feedback and Timeline : • Bookmark intended to engage select audience. • Wiki will provide long term feedback from larger audience via blog and statistics • Timeline- Unlimited- will/work monitor over summer.

  8. Questions and Answers? • For more information, please visit our Wiki at: http://toptenldmyths.wikispaces.com • Or contact us at: Ashley Barker- ashleyfishly@hotmail.com Dan Howell- dj_howell@msn.com Stacy Peeles- peeles@u.washington.edu Romy Brooks- romyb3@gmail.com

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