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Becoming a special educator: Finnish and Swedish students' views of their future profession
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education. Department of Special Education, University of Helsinki, Finland.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
Department of Special Education, University of Helsinki, Finland.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of applied educational science.
2015 (English)In: Education Inquiry, ISSN 2000-4508, E-ISSN 2000-4508, Vol. 6, no 1, 25-51 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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In this article, we discuss the views of 117 special education student teachers related to their oncoming profession in the framework of ecological theory. Together, 68 students from Sweden (26 special teachers and 41 SENCo students) and 49 from Finland responded to a questionnaire. We compared the respondents’ thoughts about their future work content, the focus areas of special education and inclusion. According to the expectations, the main task for these future special educators is to work with pupils and adults at school. The focus areas of their future work included co-operation and consultation, more so in Sweden. In addition, excellent interaction skills were central. The Swedish respondents supported full inclusion to a greater extent than the Finnish respondents. Finally, no critical aspects of resource allocation or conditions to ensure the child’s right to adequate support within the existing school systems were emphasised by the respondents. The results and the differences among the various respondents are discussed.

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Co-Action Publishing , 2015. Vol. 6, no 1, 25-51 p.
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special education, expectations, special teacher, SENCO, ecological model
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-128750DOI: 10.3402/edui.v6.24329OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-128750DiVA: diva2:1056172
Available from: 2016-12-14 Created: 2016-12-14 Last updated: 2017-01-20Bibliographically approved

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