Birgitta Lundbäck

Name Birgitta Lundbäck
PhD student at SET forskarskola Linnaeus University
Employed at Linnaeus University
Home-page Department of Pedagogy and Learning
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Title of research Leisure-Time Activities Including Children with Special Needs: A Research Overview.
Ethical review  
Abstract In Sweden and the other Scandinavian countries children are offered a curricular based combination of care and teaching before and after compulsory school hours. These leisure time centers, so-called fritidshem, are offered to children aged between 6 and 12 whose parents’ study or work, as well as to children that require special development support. The aim of this systematic literature review was to investigate how similar activities are described in international research. The focus was on children aged 6-12 who have been assessed to need special support. The initial step in this literature survey was the reading of 108 abstracts from academic articles. The second step included 21articles that were read in their entirety. Fourteen of them met the sampling criteria and were included in the result section. The Nordic model combines care and curricular activities before and after compulsory school hours. In other countries, activities taking place after school hours are separated into activities meeting children’s need of care and activities supplementing school. Another result that became clear in this research is the need of further studies to map pre- and after-school activities where children are simultaneously offered development support and care, with special focus on children in need of extra support.
Publications Lundbäck, B., & Fälth, L. (2019). Leisure-Time Activities Including Children with Special Needs: A Research Overview. IJREE–International Journal for Research on Extended Education7(1).
Funding Graduate School Special Education for Teacher Educators (SET) funded by the Swedish Research Council (grant no. 2017-06039)
Examination Scheduled for 2022