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What is a good learning environment, for whom and how is it understood from a norm critical perspective?
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2023 (English)In: NERA Conference 2023: Conference Agenda, 2023Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this interview study is to increase the knowledge of problematic school attendance by focusing on discourses contributing to this phenomenon in Swedish compulsory school, grade 7-9. Further to identify what helps special educational support teams to challenge such discourses to promote an accessible learning environment for all students. Six special educational teams attended in focus group interviews. The teams provide support to students who, for various reasons, find it difficult to complete their schooling. Rarely the students are supported in the regular learning environment and mostly in a smaller group of students and in another part of the school building. Analytic tools of norm critical pedagogy and Foucauldian discourse analysis were applied to examine how norms, power and social categorizations were constructed, reproduced, and challenged, among the interviewees. Preliminary results indicate that stereotypical ideas about students and their school performance impact on the special educational support team's ability to work for an accessible learning environment and a school that is a safe and meaningful place. Regardless, teaching in an alternative learning environment or not, dominant discourses need to be challenged through a critical approach among the team members. Such discourses are characterized mainly by notions and expectations that the regular learning environment is primarily for successful and study-motivated students and limits the opportunity for those who were once excluded to return.

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2023.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-206683OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-206683DiVA, id: diva2:1750560
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NERA (Nordic Educational Research Association) Conference 2023 "Digitalization and Technologies: Opportunities and Challenges, Oslo, Norway, March 15-17, 2023
Available from: 2023-04-13 Created: 2023-04-13 Last updated: 2023-04-14Bibliographically approved

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