European Partnership for Inclusive Education

The project for equality and equity is managed by the University of Borås and had its first workshop in May 2011. Implementation of inclusiveness is in harmony with the new teacher programme. Inclusive schools are essential corner stones to sustain a democratic society.

Increased emigration from the European Union has lead to new challenges for the educational system. Diversity in the classroom requires politicians as well as key figures in the school system to step up. These new challenges require awareness on a theoretical level as well as knowledge in practical work.

This project was launched with the aim of investigating how to achieve equality and equity in the educational institutions by creating successful practices; questions that often meet resistance.

The project is lead by Thomas Barow, Senior Lecturer, Broney Skogström, Senior Advisor in European Research and Bengt Persson, Professor, at The School of Education and Behavioural Sciences, University of Borås.

Professor Julie Allan from the University of Stirling in Scotland explains how the investigation was made.

- Our intentions are to investigate policies and functions of inclusiveness on every political level of the educational system, not least the current situation and practises around the schools. The teachers’, children’s and parents’ perspectives have been somewhat neglected in the development process of the educational area.

The project participants analyses inclusiveness from an international perspective, although the questions are based on a national point of view.

- The project’s international dimension creates good opportunities for comparing practises and results across country borders and offers a good ground for analysis. We are benefiting from European science, as the results help us to form strategies to be used on a national level, Thomas Barow says.

Workshop in Borås 13 May 2011
Left: Julie Allan (University of Stirling, Scotland), Thomas Barow (University of Borås, Sweden), Dieter Katzenbach (Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main, Germany), Tanja Sturm (Universität Hamburg, Germany / Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz, Switzerland), Bengt Persson (University of Borås, Sweden) and Broney Skogström (University of Borås, Sweden).