A1 Journal article (refereed)
Intertextual Voices of Children, Parents, and Specialists in Individual Education Plans (2021)

Heiskanen, N., Alasuutari, M., & Vehkakoski, T. (2021). Intertextual Voices of Children, Parents, and Specialists in Individual Education Plans. Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 65(1), 36-53. https://doi.org/10.1080/00313831.2019.1650825

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Heiskanen, Noora; Alasuutari, Maarit; Vehkakoski, Tanja

Journal or series: Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research

ISSN: 0031-3831

eISSN: 1470-1170

Publication year: 2021

Volume: 65

Issue number: 1

Pages range: 36-53

Publisher: Routledge

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/00313831.2019.1650825

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/73944


Planning support and education services requires multifaceted information from professionals, parents, and children. Despite this, educators have emphasized professional opinions in individual education plans (IEPs), whereas the perspectives of children and parents have remained inconsequential. In this study, we examine the intertextual voices of children, parents, and specialists in IEPs (N = 287) drafted in Finnish early childhood education and care (ECEC). The findings show that educators use intertextual voices to serve the following functions: (1) Creating a more multidimensional image of a child, (2) presenting evidence for their argumentation, and (3) assigning the responsibility to others. Consequently, the children, parents, and specialists were positioned as either speakers without influence, legitimators of educator’s knowledge, or powerful decision-makers.

Keywords: individual education plan; early childhood education and care; early childhood education plans; discourse analysis; intertextuality

Free keywords: individual education plan (IEP); early childhood education and care (ECEC); intertextuality; voice

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Reporting Year: 2021

JUFO rating: 2

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