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Historical departure class presented thesis projects

Published: 29 May 2019

Luleå University of Technology's first, historical, departure class of special educators presented their thesis projects on Tuesday. In a packed House of Science in Luleå, special educators, school leaders and specialist teachers gathered to listen to the students.

– With this arrangement, we want to give more people opportunities to take part of the work that the students have done on their degree projects. The idea is that we are now starting a tradition of special educators, specialist teachers, school leaders and other school development enthusiasts from the region meeting for one day and at the same time getting to know current research, says Kattis Edström, university lecturer and teacher at the special education program at Luleå University of Technology.

Requested professional category

The departure class is now entering the working life as a fully trained special educators. A highly sought-after professional category in the schools.

– Most of the students already have special education services before the degree. It shows that the need is great, says Kattis Edström.

In addition to the students 'presentations on everything from the effect of supervision in the preschool to the teachers' perspective on the work with extra adaptations, the guest lecturer Caroline Sims from Uppsala University also spoke on the theme of special talent in research and teaching practice. Two of the 13 graduation students were Anna Vennberg Modig and Sofie Ölund from Luleå who agreed that the education fulfilled all expectations.

– It has been great in every way, you went in with high expectations and I can really say that these expectations have been met. Besides learning a lot about the profession, I have also developed as a person. We have also had very good teachers who have been responsive to our wishes throughout the education. It has been a good communication and we have been able to influence the studies a lot during these years, says Anna Vennberg Modig and Sofie Ölund agrees.

- Besides that, there has been very good literature and good tasjs that has been easily applied in the schools.

Can process the training

The students at the special education program study at half-speed and distance, a form of study that enables part-time work at the schools for the students on the program.

– The great advantage of studying at half-speed is that you can process the education more than if you are studying full-time because you can constantly relate the education to the daily school activities. As we still have one foot in the schools, we can constantly test assumptions and apply the knowledge directly to the students in each school, says Sofie Ölund.