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Enacting special education in a digitalized school: opening for new understandings of a digitalized special educational practice
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7583-0557
2023 (English)In: Journal of Special Education Technology, ISSN 0162-6434, Vol. 38, no 4, p. 488-500Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

As society has gotten increasingly digitalized, schools have made extensive efforts to accommodate to that development. With the digitalization of school, the special education practice and the roles of special education needs coordinators (SENCOs) and special education teachers (SETs) change. However, there is a lack of research examining this transformation, a gap which this exploratory study opens up for new understandings of. This mixed method study explores the special education practice in a municipality in Sweden, one of the most digitalized countries in the world. The findings show that SENCOs and SETs have highly positive beliefs about digital tools in special education, but at the same time their frequency of use varies greatly. Also, the study identifies special educational activities engaging with digital technology, describing a work practice with complex expectations of the special education professionals also in the area of digital teaching and learning. Furthermore, the competencies considered as necessary for handling the expectations are discussed.

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Sage Publications, 2023. Vol. 38, no 4, p. 488-500
Keywords [en]
digitalization, pandemic education, special education needs coordinator, special education teacher, Sweden
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Pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-201568DOI: 10.1177/01626434221131776ISI: 000894360000001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85144427851OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-201568DiVA, id: diva2:1717568
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Swedish Research Council, 2019-03607Available from: 2022-12-08 Created: 2022-12-08 Last updated: 2023-12-21Bibliographically approved

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