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 editorsPaju, Birgit; Kajamaa, Anu; Pirttimaa, Raija; Kontu, Elina

Journal or seriesScandinavian Journal of Educational Research

ISSN0031-3831

eISSN1470-1170

Publication year2022

Publication date11/01/2021

Volume66

Issue number3

Pages range427-440

PublisherRoutledge

Publication countryUnited Kingdom

Publication languageEnglish

DOIhttps://doi.org/10.1080/00313831.2020.1869087

Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessPartially open access channel

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


Abstract

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.


Keywordsspecial education (teaching)inclusioncooperation (general)teachersspecial needs teaching assistantsactivity theory

Free keywordscollaboration; inclusive education; inclusive practices; special education; teachers; teaching assistants; activity theory


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Ministry reportingYes

Reporting Year2022

JUFO rating2


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