Similar Situations? Special Needs in Different Groups of Independent Schools

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Similar Situations? Special Needs in Different Groups of Independent Schools
Author(s) Magnusson, Gunnlaugur ; Goransson, Kerstin ; Nilholm, Claes
Date 2015
English abstract
This study explores differences between different groups of Swedish independent schools' work with pupils in need of special support (PNSS). Data comes from a total population study of independent schools. Data is analyzed using six categories of profile that may affect the special educational values at the schools, and therefore the situation for PNSS. Additionally, the data is analyzed with regard to the school ownership structure. Results show that diagnosis is important for receiving support, despite contrary legislative intentions. The groups differ regarding proportions of PNSS (12-100%), incidence of refusals of admission (8-40%), and in the way they explain problems and organize support. Generally, there is little challenge to a deficit perspective in views on school difficulties and the organization of support; market rationality may be a contributing factor. There are more differences between educational profiles of schools than there are between types of school ownership.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00313831.2014.904422 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Routledge
Host/Issue Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research;4
Volume 59
ISSN 0031-3831
Pages 377-394
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) independent schools
pupils in need of special support
inclusion
school choice
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/20029 (link to this page)

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