Left-Handed: Social Representations of Young People About an Invisible Difference (74267)

Session Information: Education & Difference: Gifted Education, Special Education, Learning Difficulties & Disability
Session Chair: Priscila Costa

Saturday, 25 November 2023 11:15
Session: Session 1
Room: Room E (Live Stream)
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

The left-hander can be defined as the one who has preference for the left side of the body to perform activities. It represents around 10% of the population and is present in all schools around the world. However, often these students do not find the proper physical and attitudinal conditions for their full development. It is admitted that not all schools have adequate furniture and material to meet the left-handed student in the specificity. The aim of this research is to unsee the social representations of young people about the left-handed person and propose alternatives of educational practices for their inclusion. To this end, a comprehensive survey of research on left-handedness, social representations and social representations about inclusion was conducted. A field study was carried out proposing an experience with specific materials for left-handers (scissors, ruler, sharpener, pen, pencil, and crayon) followed by a conversation wheel and online questionnaire with a group of five young people from 15 to 20 years old in the community of Paraisópolis in São Paulo, four right-handed and one left-handed. The young people knew little about the subject and reported difficulty in using the materials and that this made them have empathy towards the left-handers by understanding them better. Participants reported understanding the importance of schools and families providing materials that make the school life of the left-handed student more favorable. It can be insured that deletion, invisibility, exclusion are complex concepts that permeate the issue of left-handedness.

Priscila Costa, PUC-SP, Brazil

About the Presenter(s)
Dr Priscila Costa is a Business Owner/Executive at PUC/SP in Brazil

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00