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Special Education in the Early Years : Perspectives on Policy and Practice in the Nordic Countries (2022)

Harju-Luukkainen, H., Hanssen, N. B., & Sundqvist, C. (Eds.). (2022). Special Education in the Early Years : Perspectives on Policy and Practice in the Nordic Countries. Springer. International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education and Development, 36. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-91297-0

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Harju-Luukkainen, Heidi; Hanssen, Natallia B.; Sundqvist, Christel

ISBN: 978-3-030-91296-3

eISBN: 978-3-030-91297-0

Journal or series: International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education and Development

ISSN: 2468-8746

eISSN: 2468-8754

Publication year: 2022

Publication date: 21/04/2022

Number in series: 36

Number of pages in the book: 285

Publisher: Springer

Place of Publication: Cham

Publication country: Switzerland

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-91297-0

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This book explores policies and practices in special education in the early years, highlighting shared enablers and barriers. It examines research, policies and practices from different Nordic countries and discusses the theory and empirical data underlying the research. It looks at specific issues including gifted children, social inequality and exclusion, teaching children with autism, inclusive practice, language and emotions. The book offers critical perspectives, highlights potential developmental objects and gives recommendations for further research as well as policy and practice. The book features many aspects of the so-called Nordic model - the economic and social policies common to the Nordic Countries: Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. The findings provide important insights into the Nordic model and advance the understanding of relevant issues facing the Nordic countries.

Keywords: early childhood education and care; special education (upbringing); children with special needs; inclusion; education policy; welfare state; inequality

Free keywords: autism in the Norwegian kindergarten; autism and young children in Sweden; children with low numerical comprehension skills; development of numerical and language skills; early childhood special education policy in Finland; inclusive practices in Norwegian early childhood education; early number knowledge; language learning environment for children under three; gifted children in Swedish preschools; self-regulating skills in Finnish early childhood education; social inequality and inclusion

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Reporting Year: 2022

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