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Specialpedagogens yrkesroll - ett omöjligt uppdrag?: Specialpedagogers uppfattningar om yrkesrollen och hur den genom olika förutsättningar formas i skolans praktik
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The professional role of the SENCOs involves working as a change agent for the inclusive school, a school for all, where all students have the right to an equal education. The professional role is complex and as a SENCO you have many different aspects and dilemmas to relate to all the time, something that was discussed during our training. The concern of this study area was therefore to investigate how SENCOs perceive and shape both their own professional role and the professional role in general and how special education perspectives and other factors around together form the role. We chose to do a qualitative study by interviewing SENCOs within the same municipality. Our idea was to highlight SENCO’s own voices about their professional role. The study results showed that the SENCOs perceived their professional role as fantastic, but difficult. They felt inadequate conditions for functioning as it is supposed based on the system of qualifications and tough expectations from other teachers. They also talked about how teacher’s expectations and an increasingly high workload limit the professional role. Their history also showed that the role as a SENCO is very lonely, how all the political reforms are perceived as stressful for the role and that the need for support and collaboration with other SENCOs and the principal is important. Finally, the result also showed that SENCOs have interpreted their professional roles in different ways and that factors around it affects the role very much. The Degree Ordinance for SENCOs does not seem to be something the SENCOs relate actively to or take support of in their professional activity.

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decentralization, education for all, Degree, change agent, inclusion, collaboration, school improvement, special education, support, professional identity.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-97410OAI: diva2:772436
Subject / course
Examensarbete Specialpedagogprogrammet
Educational program
Special Edcation Programme
Available from: 2014-12-16 Created: 2014-12-16 Last updated: 2014-12-16Bibliographically approved

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