Att hjälpa alla elever nå målen: En holistisk och kontextuell specialpedagogisk studie om lärarnas önskemål och behov
Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
There is a discrepancy between national school guidelines towards inclusive education, and the current political trend towards economic efficacy, that may be problematic for teachers. The aim of this contextual study is to formulate a contextual understanding of the participating teachers’ perceptions of their effort to help all their students achieve the goals set forth by school curricula, and use this understanding for the purpose of suggesting points of entry for special needs educators´ guidance of teachers’ practices towards more inclusive education.
Information was gathered by sending an extensive web questionnaire to all teachers within a given headmaster´s administration, sending web questionnaires to a majority of third grade students taught by those teachers, conducting interviews with a few of the participating teachers as well as with the special needs educators, carrying out a classroom observation, and gathering additional information concerning working conditions and social interactions.
The data gathered in this case study has been subjected to an analytical process comprising of an assessment of the degree of inclusive approach, using the Inclusive Approach through Participation as well as the Framework of Participation, technical triangulation of all data post the inclusive assessment, and analysis of context by the Ecology of Human Development/the Bioecological Theory.
The analytical process has resulted in a contextual description that has enabled me to suggest possible points of entry to be used in special needs educators’ guidance of teachers’ practices towards inclusive education. The degree to which there exists a collegial sense of security, varied forms of teacher-student interactions, collegial cooperation, pedagogical discussions, a dialogue in search of mutual understanding, and consequent follow-ups appears, in the light of the limited selection of participants, as relevant to these teachers ability to help their students.
Further research is needed to identify valid points of entry for special needs educators’ guidance of teachers’ practices towards inclusive education. This contextual study will hopefully inspire further research into teachers´ perceptions of their work to facilitate implementation of inclusive education and thereby improve every student´s ability to achieve the set goals.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 59 p.
Contextual study, teachers´ perceptions, inclusive approach, Ecology of Human Development, Bioecological Theory, special needs educators´ guidance of teachers
Kontextuell studie, lärares uppfattningar, inkluderande förhållningssätt, Utvecklingsekologisk modell, Bioekologisk modell, specialpedagogisk handledning av lärare
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-25425OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-25425DiVA: diva2:730687
Subject / course
Special Needs Education
Storfors, Tom, Universitetsadjunkt i specialpedagogik
Göransson, Kerstin, Docent i specialpedagogik