STUDENT PROFILE: BRENT ELDER

Brent C. Elder is a doctoral student at Syracuse University in Special Education with Certificates of Advanced Study in Disability Studies and Leadership in International and Non-Governmental Organizations. He was a special education teacher at a public elementary school in California from 2004 to 2012. While there, he created a successful inclusive education program. He also taught courses from 2010 to 2012 in the Teacher Education Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has collaborated with the US Embassy in Manama, Bahrain, and the Ministry of Education in Kenya as an education consultant. He is engaged in ongoing critical disability studies research focused on the intersections of disability, poverty, and education in post-colonial Kenya. More recently, Elder has been accepted into the Fulbright Scholar Program in Kenya for 2015-16. Elder will spend eight months conducting doctoral research in rural western Kenya, culminating in the completion of his dissertation.

Brent C. Elder
Brent C. Elder

Proposed Dissertation:
The Tensions of Western Imports: Disability and Inclusion in Kenyan Primary Education

Recent Presentations

  • Elder, B. C. & Foley, A. (2015, June). Working within the tensions of disability and education in post-colonial Kenya: Toward a praxis of critical disability studies. Paper presented at the 28th Annual Meeting of the Society for Disability Studies, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Elder, B. C. & Foley, A. (2015, April). Working within the tensions of disability and education in post-colonial Kenya: Toward a praxis of critical disability studies. Paper presented at American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Damiani, M., & Elder, B. C. (2015, April). From attitudes to practice: Utilizing inclusive teaching strategies in Kenyan primary schools. Paper presented at American Educational Research Association Conference. Chicago, Illinois.

Recent Publications

  • Elder, B. C. & Foley, A. (in press). Working within the tensions of disability and education in post-colonial Kenya: Toward a praxis of critical disability studies. Disability and the Global South.
  • Elder, Brent C. (2015). Stories from the margins: Refugees with disabilities rebuilding lives. Societies Without Borders, 10(1). Available at: http://scholarlycommons.law.case.edu/swb/vol10/iss1/2
  • Elder, B. C. (2015). The right to inclusive education for students with disabilities in Kenya. Journal of International Special Needs Education, 18(1), 18-28.
  • Elder, B. C. (2014). Mzungu. Disability Studies Quarterly, 34(4). Available: http://dsq-sds.org/article/view/3810.

Awards

  • April 2015, Fulbright U.S. Student Award to Kenya, Fulbright Scholar Program
  • November 2014, International Center of Syracuse Citizenship Award for International Student Leadership, awarded by Syracuse University- Slutzker Center for International Services

Teaching Experiences

Instructor of Record

  • SPE 615: Student Teaching Seminar Spring 2014
    Syracuse Urban Inclusive Teacher Residents (SUITR): Special Education Generalist grades 7-12 grant project
  • EED 314: Teaching Strategies for Inclusive Education Spring 2013

Co-Instructor

  • CFE 614: Critical Issues in Dis/Ability and Inclusion Summer 2015
    Co-taught the course with Justin Freedman
  • SPE 724: Inclusive Professional Practices in Special Education Spring 2015
    Co-taught the course with Dr. Beth Ferri
  • SPE 311: Perspectives on Disabilities Fall 2014
    Co-taught the course with Dr. Beth Myers
  • SPE 324: Differentiation for Inclusion Education Fall 2013
    Co-taught the course with Dr. Julie Causton

Teaching Assistant

  • EED 314: Teaching Strategies for Inclusive Education Fall 2012
    TA for Dr. Mara Sapon-Shevin