Jona och Isa stannar hemma idag...
- en kvalitativ studie om betydelsen av språk och kommunikation i samband med problematisk skolfrånvaro

Translated title of the thesis: Jona and Isa stays home today ... - a qualitative study on the importance of language and communication in connection with problematic school absence
  • Rebecca Sahlin

Student thesis: Master, one year


This study investigates the causes of problematic school absence, how language and communication can be important for problematic school absence, as well as how the pattern can be broken and turn absence to attendance. In the investigation, the study is delimited to problematic school absence linked to students with neuropsychiatric disabilities (NPF). The survey wants to find out how some schools in a municipality are working on students with problematic school absence if there is a specific action plan for this and whether they act on the basis of it. Theoretical framework for the study consists of a relational special pedagogical perspective, as well as relational pedagogy. The study data was collected through three formal, semi-structured and in-depth interviews with custodians, as well as two surveys online, one to the rectors and one to special educators and teachers who work with problematic school absence. The study concludes the importance of early efforts, genuine relationships, as well as individualized measures. The results showed that many causes of problematic absence co-operate, that language and communication are key parts of this problem, that schools have good practices and action plans in case of problematic absence, and that the importance of personal relationships and special educational skills in meeting with these children needs to be developed.

Date of Award2018-Jul-10
Original languageSwedish
SupervisorBarbro Bruce (Supervisor) & Carin Roos (Examiner)

Educational program

  • Special Education Teacher Programme

Courses and Subjects

  • Swedish

University credits

  • 15 HE credits

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Pedagogical Work (50304)


  • problematic school absenteeism
  • neuropsychiatric disabilities (npf)
  • language and communication
  • success factors
  • relational special education
  • the role of special teacher

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