Barn i socioemotionella svårigheter
: utmaningar för lärare och förväntningar på specialpedagogen

Translated title of the thesis: Children in socioemotional difficulties: challenges for teachers and expectations on the special educator
  • Behzad Habibi

Student thesis: Master, one year


It is not unusual that teachers come in contact with students who are in socioemotional difficulties. Many teachers feel inadequate while working with students in socioemotional difficulties as they find it challenging. This has contributed to the fact that some teachers have a negative attitude towards inclusion. When teachers feel inadequate, there is the opportunity to seek help from special educators. Thus, it is important for the special educator to know which expectations teachers have on the special educators. The aim of this study was to explore how teachers perceive socioemotional difficulties and how teachers relate to inclusion. Furthermore the aim of this study was to explore what challenges teachers face when working with students in socioemotional difficulties and what expectations there are on the special educator. A qualitative approach has been adopted in study and semi-structured interviews have been conducted with teachers. Interviews were conducted by voice and telephone calls. A thematic analysis has been applied and the special educational perspectives have been used as an analysis tool. The teachers emphasized both positive and negative aspects with inclusion, regarding students in socioemotional difficulties. However, a more positive attitude emerged if they were given better prerequisites to implement inclusion. Teachers emphasized that it was challenging to spend time helping students in socio-emotional difficulties and adapt the teaching to their needs, in parallel with the rest of the class. The help that was expected of the special educator was wanted mainly through various forms of conversation.

Date of Award2020-Jul-06
Original languageSwedish
SupervisorAnnette Byström (Supervisor) & Carin Roos (Examiner)

Educational program

  • Special Education Programme

University credits

  • 15 HE credits

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Educational Sciences (503)


  • challenges
  • elementary school
  • inclusion
  • socioemotional difficulties
  • special educational needs classes
  • special educator

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