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Organisering av pedagogiskt stöd i högre utbildning: En studie om studenter med funktionsnedsättningar och deras erfarenheter av högre utbildning i Sverige, Tjeckien och USA
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health, Social Work and Behavioural Sciences, School of Social Work. (DERG)
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health, Social Work and Behavioural Sciences, School of Social Work. (Forum för professionsforskning, DERG)
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work. (DERG)
2013 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Access to higher education is an issue of human rights, since higher education often is a pre-requisite for obtaining paid work for persons with disabilities. This study examines higher education and accommodations aimed at promoting an accessible education from the view of students with disabilities, arising out of a comparative analysis of interviews with students in Sweden, The Czech Republic and the US. The aim of the study was to explore students´ perspectives on their participation in higher education, the supporting system and the meaning of the concept of an accessible education. The study was conducted at two universities in Sweden and the CzechRepublic and one university in the USA. Overall 48 students were interviewed about their experiences. Interviews were also conducted with six coordinators at the five universities. Major differences appeared in the organization of and eligibility for support in the different countries. One example is to what extent support relies on individualized accommodations or on general accessibility.  Although differences are obvious in policy as well as practice, the findings also show that students share some experiences of being in higher education. A shared experience among student is the decisive relationship with the teacher. Teachers are viewed as the core of the academic education which can either take a supportive and facilitating role or preclude all possibilities of an education. Furthermore, the findings indicate a gap between policy and practice that opens for a discussion on the meaning of accessibility in higher education.

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Växjö: Institutionen för socialt arbete vid Linnéuniversitetet , 2013. , 92 p.
, Rapportserie i Socialt arbete, Linnéuniversitetet, 1/ 2013
Keyword [en]
higher education, students, disabilities, categorization, coordination, accessibility, support, policy and practice, rights, equality
Keyword [sv]
studenter, högre utbildning, funktionsnedsättning, organisering
National Category
Social Work
Research subject
Social Sciences, Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-28042ISBN: 978-91-87427-36-7OAI: diva2:641267
Available from: 2013-08-16 Created: 2013-08-12 Last updated: 2013-08-21Bibliographically approved

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