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Research, Policy and Practice: Current Influences on Special Education

The aim of this symposium is to display and critically reflect on the current development of approaches and methods in specialeducational research, policy and practice. We aim to hold the symposium on campus with a digital solution for those who cannot make it to Umeå. Given the unpredictability of the COVID-19 situation, we may have to turn the entire meeting into a totally online symposium

Symposium November 25-26, 2021

This is the programme (including practical information) for the 2021 international symposium on Special Education in Umeå. The first day of the symposium is open to school-based practitioners. The symposium is also part of a 2.5 credit doctoral course in special education. The second day is research focused and the number of attendees is limited. We encourage all practitioners, researchers, including doctoral students, who wish to participate to register. 

Background and content for the symposium

The aim of the symposium is to critically reflect on the current development of approaches and methods in special educational research, policy and practice, generally and specifically in relation to the development of language, writing and reading, mathematical development, and learning disabilities. The questions we will consider include: How can we produce knowledge that helps us understand the complexities of special education in contemporary society in relation to national and international trends? In what ways can we strengthen networking, cross-national interdisciplinary exchange and collaboration, close to practice research, and stimulate the dissemination of research in the field of special education? How can we understand the relationship between methods and the articulation of special educational knowledge? The invited speakers from Sweden, England and Scotland will help us articulate the traditions, approaches, conditions and differences between research projects conducted in cooperation between universities and schools in Sweden and in other European countries.

For the second day of the symposium, we invite research paper submissions relating to policy and practice in the field of special education. We especially welcome contributions with a close to school practice focus, a focus on the development of language, writing and reading, mathematical development, and/or learning disabilities.

We are in discussion with a major international journal, and it is possible that the symposium will result in special issue.

Symposium Program

Day 1
The first day of the symposium will start with coffee. Before lunch, there will be one lecture and in the afternoon there will be three lectures with short breaks between each presentation. We round off the day with a short open discussion picking up on the day’s themes. The day will end with a dinner at Umeå University.

Day 2
The number of participants for the second day of the symposium is severely limited. During the second day of the symposium, there will be a maximum of four parallel seminars that will be thematically or methodologically focused. Contributors will present their paper for about 30 minutes following by a 20-minute discussion of the paper. There will be short breaks between each presentation, and the day will end with a lunch at Umeå University.

Date 25 November
Room: BET.F.102 (BT102), Behavioural Sciences Building
(Map)
09.30-10.00   Registration and coffee/tea
10.00-10.15   Welcoming introduction 
10.15-11.30   Lecture 1: Claes Nilholm
11.30-12.30   Lunch
12.30-13.45   Lecture 2: Anita Nordlund
13.45-14.00   Coffee/tea break
14.00-15.15   Lecture 3: Åsa Wangelin
15.15-15.45   Coffee/tea break
15.45-17.00   Lecture 4: Julie Allan
17.00-17.15   Summing-up session
18.00            Informal mingelbuffé at the Department of Education

Date 26 November
Room: BET.F  102 (BT 102) (Map) and BET.F.108 (BT103) and  BET.E.109 (BT104) (Map) in Behavioural Sciences Building 
08.45-09.00   Information
09.00-12.30   Parallel seminars, Coffee/tea break
12.30             Farewell

Day 1 Keynotes and contributors

A limited selection of distinguished researchers are invited to the symposium. All of them have been chosen with special concern to reflect different knowledge areas of the research field. The following keynotes will hold presentations during the symposium:

Claes Nilholm is professor of Education at Uppsala University. He has a wide research interest in inclusive/special needs education, especially as regards theoretical and conceptual issues but also empirical research. He has recently published the book En inkluderande skola - möjligheter, hinder, dilemman (An inclusive school - possibilities, hindrances, dilemmas) He has one blog in Swedish and one in English, both addressing inclusive education as policy and practice.

Julie Allan is Head of the School of Education and professor of Equity and Inclusion at the University of Birmingham. Her work encompasses inclusive education, disability studies and children’s rights and is both empirical and theoretical. She has a particular interest in educational theory and the insights offered through poststructural and social capital analyses. Julie has been advisor to the Scottish Parliament, the Welsh Assembly and the Dutch and Queensland Governments and has worked extensively with the Council of Europe.

Day 2 Papers presented 

Guidelines for Contributors
Contributors will present their paper for about 10 minutes following by a 20-minute discussion of the paper. The presentation is within the main thrust of the symposium (e.g. research, policy and practice- current trends on special education).

Guidelines for Paper Submission
The cover page should include:
(a) Name of author(s),
(b) Title and Affiliation(s),
(c) Full address of corresponding author(s) including their phone and e-mail.

The next page should include the title of the submission and a 300 word single-spaced abstract which should be sent via Email to Symposium Convener (kim.wickman@umu.se). Full paper should be limited to 3000 (included references) words. Manuscripts should be typed using Times New Roman Style having the font of 12 in double-spaced with 1.25 of margins. Good-quality illustrations must be submitted with the paper. 

Syllabus Doctoral course in special education

Syllabus: Forskning, Policy och Praktik: Aktuella utvecklingstrender inom Specialpedagogik

Registration

  • You register your attendance by confirming your presentation before 8th November.
  • Notice of participation in the seminar will be received on 10th November.
  • Deadline for paper submission is the 12th November.

Registration Symposium PhD Student

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Registration Symposium Senior lecturer

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