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Bente Graham is a course coordinator and instructor for Primary/Junior language and literacy and learners with special needs courses, as well as, a Faculty Advisor and practicum course instructor. She is a former elementary school principal who also has taught mainstream and special education from Kindergarten to Grade 8. Her research interest is critical dis/ability studies which has focused on the examination of teacher candidates’ understandings and constructions of learning disabilities and children with special needs before and after they complete their initial Bachelor of Education certification.
Graham, B. & Iannacci, L. (2013). Reconceptualizing “Special Education” Curriculum in a Bachelor of Education Program: Teacher Candidate Discourses and Teacher Educator Practices. Canadian Journal of Disability Studies. 2(2):10-34.
Iannacci, L. Graham, B. (2013). Addressing Divides and Binaries in Early Childhood Education (ECE): Disability, Discourse and Theory and Practice in a Bachelor of Education Program. In V. Pacini-Ketchabaw & L. Prochner (Eds.), Re-Situating Canadian Early Childhood Education. Peter Lang Press.
Iannacci, L & Graham, B. (2010). Intersections between and understandings of literacy and disability in a B.Ed program: Discourses, tensions and curriculum. Language and Literacy: A Canadian Educational E- journal 12 (2), 52-70.
Iannacci, L & Graham, B. (2010). Mind the gap: Destabilizing dominant discourses and beliefs about learning disabilities in a Bachelor of Education program. Alberta Journal of Educational Research 56 (3), 274-290.