A1 Journal article (refereed)
Collaboration for Inclusive Practices : Teaching Staff Perspectives from Finland (2022)

Paju, B., Kajamaa, A., Pirttimaa, R., & Kontu, E. (2022). Collaboration for Inclusive Practices : Teaching Staff Perspectives from Finland. Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 66(3), 427-440. https://doi.org/10.1080/00313831.2020.1869087

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Paju, Birgit; Kajamaa, Anu; Pirttimaa, Raija; Kontu, Elina

Journal or series: Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research

ISSN: 0031-3831

eISSN: 1470-1170

Publication year: 2022

Publication date: 11/01/2021

Volume: 66

Issue number: 3

Pages range: 427-440

Publisher: Routledge

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/00313831.2020.1869087

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Partially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/73693


Collaboration between educators is considered to be the key issue when implementing inclusive practices within schools. An open-ended questionnaire and semi-structured interviews were used to extend the current understanding of collaboration between teaching staff. The questionnaire was administrated to 167 classroom teachers, subject teachers, special education teachers and teaching assistants in primary, secondary and special education public schools in Finland. Also, semi-structured interviews with 20 participants were used to deepen the understanding of the elements included in the teaching activity in diverse classrooms. The results indicate coordination, cooperation, and reflective communication as modes of collaborative action in the participants’ teaching. By combining the perspectives of the activity theory framework and modes of collaboration, the results illuminate how educators often wished to have collaboration but usually played their traditional positions in the multilayered teaching activity. The implications for preparing educators to enhance reflective collaboration for more effective inclusive practices are discussed.

Keywords: special education (teaching); inclusion; cooperation (general); teachers; special needs teaching assistants; activity theory

Free keywords: collaboration; inclusive education; inclusive practices; special education; teachers; teaching assistants; activity theory

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2022

Preliminary JUFO rating: 2

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