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A Comparison of University Curriculum in Special Teacher Education in Finland and Sweden
University of Oulu, Finland.
Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Swedish.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7745-8034
Örebro University.
2019 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Comparative and International Education, ISSN 2535-4051, Vol. 3, no 2, p. 20-36Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The education of special teachers’ is seldom studied, and when it is examined, it is compared primarily with general teacher education. The written academic curricula reflect scientific, professional, social, and ethical values, goals, and competences in education, school and society. This study analyses the special teacher education (STE) curricula from six Finnish and seven Swedish universities. The results show that Finnish STE curricula consists of 60 credits over one year , while the Swedish curricula comprises 90 credits over 1.5 years. Finnish STE can be called a “combo degree,” which addressed various learning difficulties, and Swedish STE transformed it into a specialization, with five different options. Teaching practice is essential in Finnish education, but does not exists as such in Sweden. Inclusive elements are somewhat present in the curricula, often in the form of co-operation. The core contents in these two countries are discussed and compared.

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2019. Vol. 3, no 2, p. 20-36
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curriculum, special teacher education, professional competence, inclusion
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Education and Learning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-29952DOI: 10.7577/njcie.2659OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-29952DiVA, id: diva2:1313085
Available from: 2019-05-02 Created: 2019-05-02 Last updated: 2019-06-05Bibliographically approved

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