Inclusion and diversity - from a special education perspective
The research group’s focus is on how to facilitate inclusion and diversity in different arenas and through various practices in relation to children, adolescents and adults with special needs.
The relationship between inclusion and diversity is central in special education activities. In various arenas, the relationship between active joint participation and the safeguarding of individual differences is crucial to individuals’ learning and development, as well as their sense of belonging, purpose and equity.
At the same time, this relationship often entails, in practice, challenging dilemmas and adjustments between the consideration to unity and diversity, and between environmental demands and expectations and the individual’s abilities and aptitudes. Such dilemmas and considerations are particularly relevant in relation to children, adolescents and adults with special needs.
Pertinent questions in the research group’s projects are therefore:
- How can individual needs be facilitated and the necessary support given without segregation and stigmatisation?
- How can communality be developed without standardisation, or overlooking individual differences and creating disabling Barriers?
The research group covers two main areas: