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Perimeters of, and challenges to, the jurisdiction of Swedish special educators: an exploration of free text responses
Mälardalen University, Eskilstuna, Sweden.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies (from 2013).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1905-5154
2018 (English)In: European Journal of Special Needs Education, ISSN 0885-6257, E-ISSN 1469-591X, p. 1-14Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Special needs educators (SNEs) have important roles in many education systems. However, their roles are often poorly defined, and differ greatly both between and within education systems. Studies show that SNEs have diverse tasks, have problems defining their jurisdiction, and approach special support with different perspectives than other professions. Here, the aim is to explore what Swedish SNEs express regarding their occupational role and jurisdiction, utilising 676 free text responses to an open question in a total population survey. The results illustrate that SNEs often have to take on tasks they do not view as appropriate and that they often experience misunderstanding from head teachers and colleagues about their roles and tasks, and that they risk being replaced by other professions. Some explanations can be found in vague legal definitions of their jurisdiction and the necessity of adaption to the local school context. The results are interpreted using Abbott’s theory of jurisdiction and Evetts’ distinctions of professionalisation and professionalism. The study confirms results from prior research to a high degree but adds further nuance and dimensions to them with formulations from active professionals.

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Taylor & Francis, 2018. p. 1-14
Keywords [en]
jurisdiction, occupational roles, professionalism, special education, Special needs educators
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Educational Sciences
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Educational Work; Special Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-67080DOI: 10.1080/08856257.2018.1458473Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85044740072OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-67080DiVA, id: diva2:1198879
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18 månader embargo på postprint.

Available from: 2018-04-19 Created: 2018-04-19 Last updated: 2018-04-30Bibliographically approved

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