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Special Educational Needs and Support Provisions in Swedish Preschools: A Multiple-Case Study
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Special Education.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Special Education.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Special Education.
2015 (English)In: International Journal of Early Childhood Special Education, ISSN 1308-5581, Vol. 7, no 2, 270-290 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this multiple-case study was to investigate the abilities and needs of children in some comprehensive and specialised preschools adopting some form of inclusive education, and to describe the provided support that was designed to enhance children’s participation and learning. Fifty-six children and eight preschools located in four municipalities were enrolled. The data was collected via observations, conversations, interviews and a questionnaire. The abilities of the children varied and the need of support among the children ranged from some needs to high and very high needs. Environmental and interpersonal support was integrated into ongoing activities, routines and plays, both in the comprehensive and specialised preschools. In the specialised preschools, one-on-one training and speech therapy, as well as an extended timeframe, were also provided. The descriptions of the preschool practices are related to national and international discussions concerning the topics of inclusive education and support provisions in preschools.    

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 7, no 2, 270-290 p.
Keyword [en]
Disability, early childhood, inclusive education, special educational needs, support provisions
National Category
Educational Sciences
Research subject
Special Education
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-120352OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-120352DiVA: diva2:851986
Available from: 2015-09-07 Created: 2015-09-07 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved
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1. Educational pathways and transitions in the early school years: Special educational needs, support provisions and inclusive education
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Educational pathways and transitions in the early school years: Special educational needs, support provisions and inclusive education
2016 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The overall aim of this research is to describe and analyse the educational pathways from preschool to school of a group of children with and without special educational needs. The aim is also to describe and analyse children’s views and experiences of early years education, and how these can be obtained.

The research comprises six studies that are presented in four articles and two conference papers. Longitudinal and multiple-case study designs, and mixed method approaches are adopted in the empirical studies, and the data is collected via observations, a questionnaire, documents, conversations and interviews with staff, children’s drawings and interviews with children.

The results from the empirical studies show a variation of pathways to compulsory education; changes in activities and relationships in the transitions; a variation in preschool quality; a broad conceptualising of special educational needs; an application of comprehensive or specialised typologies in the educational settings; an undecided and cautious attitude toward inclusive education; an allocation of generous resources to specialised and segregated programmes; and a diversity of support provisions. The children report more positive than negative experiences of their early school years and pinpoint the importance of having a sense of belonging among peers; opportunities for creative play and thinking; experiences of speed, excitement and physical challenges; elements of cosiness, withdrawals and comfort for recreation; experiences of growth in knowledge and understanding of the world; feeling safe; feeling free and autonomous; and preventing homesickness in order to thrive.

The results of the literature review are that the researchers may obtain data from children with and without special educational needs by means of traditional and innovative data collection methods. For broadening participation and sharing of views, the researchers may offer relational and material support.

The thesis has relevance for researchers in the field of special education, inclusive education and early childhood education and care. It has also relevance for teacher training, policy makers and stakeholders, school heads, teachers and families.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Department of Special Education, Stockholm University, 2016. 136 p.
Keyword
bioecological model, children’s views, disability, drawings, first grade, inclusive education, leisure-time centre, longitudinal, mixed method, multiple-case study, preschool, preschool-class, special education, support, transitions
National Category
Pedagogy
Research subject
Special Education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-126011 (URN)978-91-7649-309-0 (ISBN)
Public defence
2016-03-11, David Magnussonsalen (U31), Frescati Hagväg 8, Stockholm, 13:00 (English)
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At the time of the doctoral defense, the following paper was unpublished and had a status as follows: Paper 6: Submitted.

Available from: 2016-02-17 Created: 2016-01-21 Last updated: 2017-02-20Bibliographically approved

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