04 SES 08 B, Inclusive Classes, Inclusive Schools, Inclusive Countries
The Swedish education system underwent dramatic changes in the early 1990’s, moving from a communitarian view of the purpose and means of education to a market oriented system with an individual focus where choice and private actors became the means of increasing efficiency and quality within education. In the past 25 years the proportion of independent schools has increased exponentially and they now constitute a significant portion of the total school population and educate approximately14% of the pupil population on compulsory school level. This presentation summarises empirical results from a total population survey study. The aim is to provide an encompassing image of the organisation and provision of special education in the field of independent compulsory schools and discuss the consequences for ideals of inclusive education. This research is unique as it can be seen as a comprehensive empirical study of an important part of a national compulsory education system. In particular, it can be seen as informative to those seeking inspiration from the Swedish model.
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