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Representations of special support: Independent schools’ descriptions of special educational provision
Mälardalen University, School of Education, Culture and Communication, Educational Sciences and Mathematics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5079-9581
2016 (English)In: European Journal of Special Needs Education, ISSN 0885-6257, E-ISSN 1469-591X, ISSN 0885-6257, Vol. 31, no 2, 155-170 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

An important argument for the introduction of school choice in Sweden, was that independent schools would be a source for innovation. But do independent schools follow traditional patterns of special education, or do they aim for alternative organisational solutions, approaching inclusive education? Here, results from a total population questionnaire of the Swedish independent schools (N = 686; response rate = 79%) are presented. Four hundred written responses to two open-ended questions were received. The responses covered topics such as resource allocation, school descriptions and good practice. Themes and categories were condensed using qualitative content analysis and the results are theorised in terms of special educational perspectives and inclusive education. Results show examples of alternative and inclusive approaches, as well as examples of traditional understanding and organisation of special support within the field. The idea of market competition as a force of innovation is not supported in this material. Marketing and niching of schools can contribute to a less inclusive education system. More research that is both large scale and contextual is needed to understand further how schools cope with contradicting educational ideals and policy when competing for pupils.

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2016. Vol. 31, no 2, 155-170 p.
Keyword [en]
Independent schools, school choice, inclusive education, special education, special support, market competition, Sweden
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Educational Sciences
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Didactics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-31288DOI: 10.1080/08856257.2015.1125685ISI: 000373108600001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84958529032OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-31288DiVA: diva2:912092
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Fristående skolors arbete med elever i behov av särskilt stöd
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Swedish Research Council, 2008-4701
Available from: 2016-03-15 Created: 2016-03-15 Last updated: 2017-11-30Bibliographically approved

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