Samarbete och samverkan mellan lärare och specialpedagog
: med fokus på tid och specialpedagogens uppdrag

Translated title of the thesis: Collaboration and cooperation between teacher and special educator: with a focus on time and special educators´ assignment
  • Therese Bergman
  • Johanna Nyberg

Student thesis: Professional degree, Advanced level


Teacher and special educator have a significant role in students' learning and development, but where the teacher is considered to be the most important person, as it meets the student in the classroom. The special educator's role is to contribute with in-depth knowledge in the special education field and to be an advisory conversation partner for the teacher. Teachers can not be expected to have all the knowledge about students' differences and conditions, cooperation and collaboration with a special educator is required. The present study highlights how collaboration and cooperation between teachers and special educators can work with a focus on obstacles and opportunities and the special educator's role in collaboration and cooperation. The method consists of a questionnaire study with qualitative analysis, that was answered by both teachers and special educators who work in grades 7-9 at 20 different schools. The results show that special educators describe that cooperation and collaboration takes place at student meetings, documentation and in situations during test support. Teachers describe that collaboration and cooperation takes place around pedagogical assessments, individualized educational needs and test support. Obstacles to collaboration and cooperation according to both teachers and special educators, are stated to be lack of time, organizational elements such as scheduling and arenas for collaboration and cooperation. But on the other hand, the organization can also enable collaboration and cooperation by setting aside time and clarifying the special educator's mission. A prerequisite for successful work is that the principal priorities this area. Conclusions that can be drawn from the study are that the cooperation and collaboration that takes place is rewarding with a desire for this to be expanded. Teachers would like more support in the teaching of special educators, but special educators want to work with school development.
Date of Award2022-Jun
Original languageSwedish
SupervisorCatarina Grahm (Supervisor) & Daniel Östlund (Examiner)

Educational program

  • Special Education Programme

University credits

  • 15 HE credits

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Pedagogical Work (50304)


  • ability
  • categorical perspective
  • collaboration
  • cooperation
  • obstacle
  • relational perspective
  • special educator
  • systems theory
  • teacher

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