The yes and the No - and the in between - reflections on inclusive school development

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Abstract

The point of departure for this paper is the project: Towards inclusion: Cooperation between professions in Danish state schools (2014-2015) The object of the project is cooperation between professions within and around schools, school democracy and development and well being among kids and adults at schools. Themes which in an overall perspective, connects to a vision for a democratic school development and a inclusive educational sector. The project is conducted as an action research project. This means in short that the project is occupied with three key features: participation, democracy and change (Brydon-Miller et al 2003, Reason and Bradbury 2001; Toulmin and Gustavsen 1996; Svensson and Nielsen 2006, Husted, Tofteng and Bladt 2014). The main purpose of the project is to develope new ways of thinking, understanding and working with inclusion in cooperation with the professionals (and the kids) at the school. This participatory approach is underlining the notion of democracy which is both connected to the projects own organization, but also connected to the broader societal development of inclusive education as something which the actors at the school could be important players in – if they are invited. The last key feature is change. The project is organized to create change through experiments developed and conducted by participants at the school in cooperation with the research team. The paper will on a broader perspective reflect on; Action research as one answer to the notion of applied science which is a strong part of our own work reality being employed at a University college. Action research and the project as a way to develop new ways of thinking inclusive education and schools. And as a last point, what kind of reflection back to the societal and political level does the results, ideas and experiments performed at the school, give. The headline is one connected to a very preliminary result; The professionals at the school does not just say yes or no to new developments – their reality is much more complicated and their answer will be in between.
Translated title of the contributionJa eller nej eller midt i mellem refleksioner over den inkluderende skoleudvikling
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2015
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event43rd NERA conference March 4th 2015, Göteborg - Gøteborgs universitet, Gothenburg, Sweden
Duration: 4 Mar 20156 Mar 2015
Conference number: 43rd

Conference

Conference43rd NERA conference March 4th 2015, Göteborg
Number43rd
LocationGøteborgs universitet
Country/TerritorySweden
CityGothenburg
Period04/03/1506/03/15

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