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Working with Students with Special Needs in Forest Pedagogy: Pedagogues’ Practices in i Ur och Skur preschools in Sweden
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, School Based Research, Preschool Education Research.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of the study is to gain insight into Swedish preschool pedagogues’ conceptualization who work with a special outdoor learning concept, of including children with special needs within their groups. Sweden is a country which is famous for its “education for all” policy, however there is a little to know about the presence of children with special needs in the preschool setting. Children with special needs often risk being isolated as a result of limitations in the number of activities available for them in school. Although various studies examined both the effect of time spent outdoors, both inclusion’s positive effect on children with special needs. Interviews were conducted with four preschool pedagogues who work in the i Ur och Skur preschool, the outdoor education approach popular in Scandinavia. Sociocultural theory was applied as a conceptual framework for analysis of the interview transcripts. The pedagogues demonstrated to support inclusion of children with special needs in preschool activities. The pedagogues showed more willingness to include children with cognitive impairment or neurodevelopmental disorders, than with physical disabilities. Among their concerns, issues of safety, weather and the outdoor activities potential for highlighting differences in skills and abilities (mostly physical) were mentioned. In order to adapt the settings and practices to be more inclusive for children with special needs, pedagogues proposed including extra personnel to provide assistance.

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2018. , p. 39
Keywords [en]
outdoor education, outdoor learning, forest pedagogy, preschool, early childhood education and care, special needs, inclusion, disability, i Ur och Skur
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Social Sciences Pedagogical Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-40432ISRN: JU-HLK-PEA-2-20180063OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-40432DiVA, id: diva2:1219390
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HLK, Education
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2018-05-29, Hb234, Jönköping, 11:00
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Available from: 2018-06-21 Created: 2018-06-15 Last updated: 2018-06-21Bibliographically approved

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