The Individual Voice on Inclusive Education in an Era of Measurement

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Publication Conference Paper, peer reviewed
Title The Individual Voice on Inclusive Education in an Era of Measurement
Author(s) Lang, Lena ; Ohlsson, Lisbeth
Date 2012
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In the worldwide systems of ranking where also the Nordic countries are included, individuals as well as schools and universities are assessed. These kinds of evaluations give answers about outcomes and from the results efficiency is estimated. Different conditions for the assignment of inclusive education in connection to values and processes are seldom discussed. The aim of the paper is to discuss the voice of the individual about educational processes viewed in relation to quantitative data in large scale surveys comparing different countries. We will argue for alternative ways of contributing knowledge within the field of inclusive education, such us how to make room for the voices of individuals in an age dominated by evidence based documentation. In the theoretical and methodological points of departure we advocate a holistic perspective on how knowledge can be achieved about the human being as a learning subject in relation to context, meaning and interpretation. Thus, methods are needed allowing space for complexity and ambiguity in a multidimensional, non-linear and non-causal perspective. A narrative research orientation seems relevant in order to study interwoven phenomena like learning and teaching. Narrative approaches add a knowledge potential in inclusive educational research which can problematize values and processes in education and learning, with participation and rights in the foreground.
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Publisher NERA
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Note The 40th Annual Congress of the Nordic Educational Research Association: Everyday life, education and their transformations in a Nordic and globalized context. Copenhagen 8-10 March 2012.
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