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Remote special educational consultation in Swedish rural schools
Åbo Akademi University, Nord University, Finland.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2024 (English)In: Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, ISSN 1036-0026, Vol. 34, no 1, p. 108-121Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

With advances in communication technologies, remote special educational consultation has become a promising strategy for indirect special education provision aiming to support students with special educational needs as well as their teachers in remote and rural areas. This study explores how special educators in a rural municipality in Sweden offer remote special educational consultation to teachers and how the two teacher categories experience remote special educational consultation. The empirical data of the study consist of special educators’ and teachers’ responses to an online questionnaire (N=11). The analysis revealed themes reflecting experienced challenges as well as opportunities. The challenges relate to lack of professional commitment and consensus, lack of school leaders’ trust, knowledge and support, and barriers associated with distance and technology, while opportunities relate to increased access to special educational competence, increased structure in consultation and increased professional development and collaboration. The results of this study highlight the potential value of remote special educational consultation as an acceptable, cost-effective, and efficient way of increasing access to special educational expertise and providing special educational support to teachers working in rural and underserved schools.

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The Society for the Provision of Education in Rural Australia (SPERA) , 2024. Vol. 34, no 1, p. 108-121
Keywords [en]
remote educational consultation, special education, rural school, special educator
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Pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-223101DOI: 10.47381/aijre.v34i1.713Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85188422937OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-223101DiVA, id: diva2:1849964
Available from: 2024-04-09 Created: 2024-04-09 Last updated: 2024-04-09Bibliographically approved

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