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“The system shows us how bad it feels”: special educational needs assessment in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Göteborgs universitet.
Kristianstad University, Faculty of Education, Forskningsmiljön Forskning Relationell Pedagogik (FoRP). Kristianstad University, Faculty of Education, Avdelningen för utbildningsvetenskap inriktning grundskola, gymnasium och specialpedagogik.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5196-4844
2019 (English)In: European Journal of Special Needs Education, ISSN 0885-6257, E-ISSN 1469-591X, Vol. 34, no 5, p. 678-691Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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In the context of the North Rhine-Westphalian school reform towards an inclusive education system, this article problematises the practice of categorisation. Our research aims to investigate the assessment of special educational needs (SEN) and thereby enrich the discussion of the relation between inclusion and diagnostics. For this study, we interviewed 14 SEN investigators and five decision-makers. We discuss the results on the basis of a qualitative content analysis and against the background of Fleck’s concept of thought styles. We mainly found inertia in special education traditions, expressed in the use of intelligence tests, the dominance of SEN teachers in the assessment process and the lack of participation of parents and pupils. We conclude that it is necessary to reform the SEN assessment rules. At the same time, we see major challenges in transforming existing thought styles into a more flexible and decategorising approach.

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2019. Vol. 34, no 5, p. 678-691
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Categorisation, education reform, inclusive education, intelligence tests, SEN assessment, thought style
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-19247DOI: 10.1080/08856257.2019.1603595ISI: 000465950900001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hkr-19247DiVA, id: diva2:1307591
Available from: 2019-04-28 Created: 2019-04-28 Last updated: 2019-10-08Bibliographically approved

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