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School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences

Spring symposium on special educational needs


Important dates
Date of the symposium: 6 May
Deadline for abstracts: 6 April
Notification regarding presentations: 
15 April
Deadline for registration: 20 April

Background to the symposium:

The 2015 evaluation of the university’s research showed that the most important competitive factor for the university’s research is quality. The university’s research activities are facing a generation shift which will have a particularly strong impact on the research done in special educational needs. At HumES, a number of new employees have been recruited and a special educational needs research group was established a year ago.

Special educational needs is an interdisciplinary field and therefore an insight into and collaboration with other professions and research domains are essential. One area of development at university level is that researchers at the university are to work in strong environments with good infrastructure and international networks. Through this symposium, the special educational needs and multidisciplinary research conducted at Örebro University can be made visible, develop and become a significant asset both in Sweden and abroad.

The objective of the symposium:

The plan is for the symposium to be an annual event which will serve as a meeting place for researchers working in the field of special educational needs at Örebro University. Thirty participants will be able to participate in this first symposium. The long-term goal is that researchers who are active in the research domain of special educational needs will build up an interdisciplinary special educational needs research environment through the contacts that are made with different research specialisations. The first step is for those of us who are active in this domain to get to know each other and gain an insight into the research that is underway. Invitations to this symposium are being sent to PhD holders, lecturers and doctoral students dedicated to research on special educational needs. There are many different research domains and disciplines in which research on special educational needs can be conducted. Some examples are teaching and learning, nursing, sociology, psychology, interactive media, medicine, disability studies, policy research, rehabilitation, criminology, subject didactics and law. Interdisciplinary collaboration on special educational needs research has the potential to promote the realisation of the university’s policy and action plan regarding the UN’s 17 global sustainable development goals. The following sustainable development goals are perhaps of more relevance to the subject of special educational needs than the others:

  • Goal 3 Good health and well-being
  • Goal 4 Quality education
  • Goal 5 Gender equality
  • Goal 10 Reduced inequalities
  • Goal 11 Sustainable cities and communities
  • Goal 16 Peace, justice and strong institutions

We welcome you to participate in and contribute to the development of this special educational needs environment!

Contact details:

The symposium is being organised by the Special Educational Needs, Education and Learning research team.
Contact person: Associate senior lecturer Anette BaggerThis is an email address