Nordic perspectives on disability studies in education : A review of research in Finland and Iceland

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Hakala , K , Björnsdóttir, K , Lappalainen , S , Jóhannesson , I Á & Teittinen , A 2018 , ' Nordic perspectives on disability studies in education : A review of research in Finland and Iceland ' , Education Inquiry , vol. 9 , no. 1 , pp. 78-96 . https://doi.org/10.1080/20004508.2017.1421390

Title: Nordic perspectives on disability studies in education : A review of research in Finland and Iceland
Author: Hakala, Katariina; Björnsdóttir,, Kristín; Lappalainen, Sirpa; Jóhannesson, Ingólfur Ásgeir; Teittinen, Antti
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Kehitysvammaliitto ry/ The Finnish Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (FAIDD)
University of Helsinki, Department of Education
Date: 2018-01-10
Language: eng
Number of pages: 19
Belongs to series: Education Inquiry
ISSN: 2000-4508
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/234594
Abstract: Disability studies in education (DSE) is an interdisciplinary field derived from the need to re-conceptualise special education dominated by a medical perspective on disability. In this article we identify what characterises DSE research and consider whether there is a case for arguing for a specific field of DSE in Finland and Iceland. Our analysis is based on a review of 59 studies published by Finnish and Icelandic scholars during the time period of ratification process of the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities from 2007 to 2016 in Finland and Iceland. We suggest that DSE has emerged as a dynamic area of research in both countries. It has provoked researchers to analyse disability in social contexts and turn the gaze from individual person with disabilities to the social structures and educational policies and practices. The fields of DSE in Finland and Iceland have not developed in identical ways and both have fluid crossovers to related fields such as disability studies and inclusive education. We argue for the potential of DSE to contribute to the discussion on educational equality and social justice. However, this requires opportunities to bring together scholars across disciplinary borders.
Subject: 516 Educational sciences
educational equality
inclusive education
special education
social justice
social perspectives on disability
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