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    Göransson, Kerstin
    et al.
    Mälardalens högskola.
    Lindqvist, Gunilla
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Education. Uppsala universitet.
    Nilholm, Claes
    Uppsala universitet.
    Voices of special educators in Sweden: a total-population study2015In: Educational research (Windsor. Print), ISSN 0013-1881, E-ISSN 1469-5847, Vol. 57, no 3, p. 287-304Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: There are two occupational groups in Sweden that are expected to have

    significant impact on educational work related to children in need of special support.

    These two groups are special educational needs coordinators (SENCOs) and special

    education teachers. In this paper, we use the collective name ‘special educators’ to

    refer to both groups. Special educators are expected to have specific knowledge

    regarding the identification of, and work with, school difficulties. However, there is

    noticeably little research concerning these occupational groups. This study was

    undertaken in order to further our knowledge about special educators’ work.

    Purpose: The overall purpose of the present paper is to provide a first overview of

    special educators’ work. The paper investigates these special educators’ perceptions

    of their occupational role, of their preparedness for the role and of how their role is

    practised. The paper also illuminates questions about SENCOs’ and special education

    teachers’ knowledge and values as well as the grounds for the occupational groups

    to claim special expertise related to the identification of, and work with, school difficulties.

    Design and method: A questionnaire was sent out in 2012 to all SENCOs and special

    education teachers in Sweden who received their degree from 2001 onwards and

    in accordance with the Swedish examination acts of 2001, 2007 and 2008

    (N = 4252, 75% response rate).

    Results: According to the results, special educators state that they are well prepared

    to work with some tasks, such as counselling, leading development work and teaching

    children/pupils individually or in groups. Concurrently, there are tasks that the

    groups are educated for (e.g. school-development work), which they seldom practise

    in their daily work.

    Conclusions: Primarily using reasoning concerning jurisdictional control, we discuss

    SENCOs’ and special education teachers’ authority to claim special expertise in relation

    to certain kinds of work, clients and knowledge and thus, their chances of gaining

    full jurisdictional control in the field of special education.

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