Multisensory environments in Finland: experiences of 12 interdisciplinary staff members working as service providers for adults with vision impairment and additional disabilities
Sirkkola, Marja, and Pagliano, Paul (2011) Multisensory environments in Finland: experiences of 12 interdisciplinary staff members working as service providers for adults with vision impairment and additional disabilities. Journal of the South Pacific Educators in Vision Impairment, 5 (1). pp. 26-33.
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This research used focus group interviews to investigate the ways 12 experienced Finnish practitioners working in three Multisensory Environments with adults with vision impairment and additional disabilities apply sociocultural animation, a form of Finnish social pedagogy that emphasises human dignity. A second research focus, therefore, was to examine the ways staff practices might be influenced by the specifically Finnish sociocultural context. A synthesis of the interviews underlines the essential roles of clients' free choices in sensory activities and the need for high-level communication between interdisciplinary MSE team members. Results indicate that although much of what the practitioners do is consistent with non-Finnish ideas, much is also distinctly Finnish.
|Item Type:||Article (Refereed Research - C1)|
|Keywords:||multisensory environments, Finland, social pedagogy, sociocultural animation|
|FoR Codes:||13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130312 Special Education and Disability @ 100%|
|SEO Codes:||93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939907 Special Needs Education @ 100%|
|Deposited On:||11 Apr 2012 08:09|
|Last Modified:||11 Apr 2012 08:09|
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