Exploring British Pakistani mothers perception of their child with disability: insights from a UK context

Date

2017-03-25

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Journal Title

Journal ISSN

ISSN

1471-3802

Volume Title

Publisher

Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs

Type

Article

Peer reviewed

Yes

Abstract

This research lends insight into disabling discourses on South Asian families of children with disabilities. It explores immigrant Pakistani maternal understanding of their children’s disability, uniquely through an educational perspective, highlighting maternal roles which schools must acknowledge to improve outcomes for children. The findings of this research, supported by a literature review, highlight various ideological threads shaping maternal understanding of disability and their children’s schooling experiences. Data were collected through multiple case studies of immigrant Pakistani mothers of disabled children at Westchester School, incorporating semi-structured interviews and reviewing pupils’ school files. After a process of open coding, the main themes emerging from interviews suggested maternal perceptions of disability evolved from a medicalised lens, onto identifying with structural barriers to children’s progress, and a gendered lens. Both maternal perceptions and their professional interactions determined maternal accounts of their children’s schooling experiences. This research highlights positive familial factors shaping maternal understanding of disability, supporting further studies into maternal advocacy and empowerment within UK special education.

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Keywords

Pakistani immigrant mothers, disability, religion, gender, educational placement

Citation

Rizvi, S. (2017), Exploring British Pakistani mothers perception of their child with disability: insights from a UK context. Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, 17, pp. 87–97.

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Research Institute

Institute for Research in Criminology, Community, Education and Social Justice