This is my truth, tell me yours: exploring the internal tensions within collaborative learning disability research
Article first published online: 18 DEC 2007
© 2007 The Author. Journal compilation © 2008 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
British Journal of Learning Disabilities
Volume 36, Issue 4, pages 271–276, December 2008
How to Cite
McClimens, A. (2008), This is my truth, tell me yours: exploring the internal tensions within collaborative learning disability research. British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 36: 271–276. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-3156.2007.00485.x
- Issue published online: 23 NOV 2008
- Article first published online: 18 DEC 2007
- learning disability;
- • People labelled with learning disability are now more involved in research that is about them and their lives.
- • When research about the lives of people labelled with learning disability gets published in journals the accounts are written by professionals or academics.
- • Working and writing together is a good idea but we all need to decide on who is in control.
- • Being in control of language often means being in control.
Collaboration within the research and publishing process provides opportunities for shared learning and increased knowledge production and dissemination. It can also provide opportunities for conflict if the contributors are divided over issues of authority and authorship. While this situation can be managed, the potential for misunderstanding to arise is heightened when the combination of academics/professionals and individuals labelled with learning disability work together. The scenario described here outlines some of the difficulties that can threaten successful collaboration. Possible remedies are suggested.
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