Special needs education, introductory course

Summary

The aim of this course is to make students develop knowledge of factors influencing the special needs educational field from a historical, national and international perspective. Special interest will be focused on the reciprocity in the dialogue between teacher and pupil.
Different special educational phenomena and concepts will be focused and penetrated offering possibilities to promblematize school practice.

Admission requirements

General entry requirements + English B.


For Swedish Upper Secondary Grades merit rating will be calculated according to Områdesbehörighet 6/A6

Selection:

credits 20% final grades 40% national university aptitude test 40%

Syllabus

Syllabus for students spring 2018

Course Code:
SO166E revision 1.2
Level of specialisation
G1N
Main fields of study:
No main fields
Language:
English
Date of establishment:
10 October 2008
Date of ratification:
20 November 2012
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Education and Society
Enforcement date:
21 January 2013
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
20 November 2012

Course description

The aim of this course is to make students develop knowledge of factors influencing the special needs educational field from a historical, national and international perspective. Special interest will be focused on the reciprocity in the dialogue between teacher and learner.

Advancement in relation to the degree requirements

Single subject course and minor subject in teacher training.

Entry requirements

General entry requirements + English B.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course the student will be able to

  • describe and interpret the meaning of significant documents concerning human rights
  • describe and interpret the meaning of special educational policy and organization in Sweden from a comparative international perspective
  • explain and analyze different special educational concepts and perspectives in Sweden
  • discuss and reflect on didactic action and implementation of inclusive practices
  • evaluate the personal need for further knowledge and competence within the field

Assessments

The student is assessed by an individual written report based on a portfolio in which s/he has reflected on the learning outcomes throughout the course. The report shall be presented and discussed at a seminar where the student also is discussant of a fellow student´s report.
Good capability of oral as well as written presentations is demanded.

Course content

Policy and organization of special education in Sweden is discussed in an international perspective. Different special educational phenomena and concepts are focused and penetrated offering possibilities to reflect on practice.

Learning activities

The forms of work, consisting of lectures, seminars, group discussions and studies of literature are based on the aim and the learning outcomes of the course, in cooperation with students.

Grading system

Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).

Course literature and other teaching materials

Allen, Julie (2012). The inclusion challenge In Barow, Thomas & Östlund, Daniel (eds.) (2012). Bildning för alla!: en pedagogisk utmaning. Kristianstad: Kristianstad University Press Available on Internet: http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-9173

Armstrong, Ann Cheryl, Armstrong Derrick & Spandagou, Elektra (2010) Inclusive education: international policy & practice. London; Sage (162 s)

Billington, Tom (2000). Separating, Losing and Excluding Children. London: Routledge Falmer. (147 pp).

Farrell, Michael (2005). Key Issues in Special Education. Abingdon: Routledge. (165 pp).

Gross, Jean (2002). Special educational needs in the primary school. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill (265 pp).

Nind, Melaine, Rix, Jonathan, Sheehy, Kieron & Simmons, Katy (2005). Inclusive Education: Diverse Perspectives. London: David Fulton Publishers Ltd. (304 pp).

Sandén, Ingrid (2007). Play, identity and inclusion. (http://learning.londonmet.ac.uk/cice/docs/2008_029.pdf) (20 s).

Sellman, Edward (red.) (2011). Creative learning for inclusion: creative approaches to meet special needs in the classroom. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge (97 s)

Skidmore, David (2004). Inclusion. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill. (140 pp).

Skidmore, David (2012). The polyphonic classroom: Are we all special educators? In Barow, Thomas & Östlund, Daniel (eds.) (2012). Bildning för alla!: en pedagogisk utmaning. Kristianstad: Kristianstad University Press Available on Internet: http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-9173

Stigendahl, Michael (2006). Young people from exclusion to inclusion. Malmo: District of Fosie. (113 pp).

The Swedish National Agency for Education Curriculum for the compulsory school, preschool class and the leisure-time center 2011
http://www.skolverket.se/publikationer?id=2687

The Swedish National Agency for Education
Curriculum for the Preschool Lpfö 98 Revised 2010
http://www.skolverket.se/publikationer?id=2704

The Swedish National Agency Upper Secondary School 2011 http://www.skolverket.se/publikationer?id=2801

The Swedish National Agency for Education. An overview of the Swedish Education System
http://www.skolverket.se/om-skolverket/in_english/the_swedish_education_system

UNESCO (1994). The Salamanca Statement. (http://portal.unesco.org/education) (14 pp).

UN (1989). Convention on the Rights of the Child. http://www.unicef.org/crc/) (15 pp).
The National Agency for Special Needs Education and Schools http://www.spsm.se/sv/Om-webbplatsen/English/

Articles

Course evaluation

Evaluation is an integral part of the course. The course is evaluated through a questionnaire and a follow up discussion between students and instructors based on the aim and the learning outcomes. Results from the evaluation are summarized and presented to the students.

Contact

The education is provided by the Faculty of Education and Society at the department School Development and Leadership.

Further information

Lisa Hellström, Course Responsible
Phone: 040-6657042

Application

15 January 2018 - 25 March 2018 Day-time 100% Malmö Schedule Application code: mah-86090

National application round

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 21000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 21000 SEK

Open for late application

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