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When I entered school... memories of school passages

School accounts on people considered mentally disabled are usually based on the teachers' views or on document analyses. In its approach to different aspects of the educational process, this paper strives to know and analyze schooling through the memory of adults who were considered as 'mentally disabled' when children and thus underwent different educational experiences. The analysis material was collected in a research that traced and interviewed ex-pupils from special classes for the mentally disabled. Assuming that memory is socially built and speeches form within social relationships, their statements are analyzed in contrast to the school documents and the interviews with those special class teachers. The adults (ex-pupils) and teachers' statements were collected in two different moments: the ex-pupils' school memories are recent, whereas those of the teachers date from approximately fifteen years ago and refer to the images of those children, who are now adults.

Memory; School; Mental disability

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