Social Interactions in Inclusive Educational Settings

28-29 January 2021

About the Symposium

For the last three decades, we have witnessed how the idea of inclusive education grown and consolidated worldwide. From a macro-level perspective, a solid and extended scope of scientific research provides material to examine inclusive education from theoretical, political, educational, pedagogical and relational perspectives, leading us to think that the efforts made since the late 90s have, in fact, prompted social transformations. In the micro-level perspective, however, the experiences that assure the feeling of inclusion, and the materialization of participation in school and in learning processes is still far from being exhausted. We are particularly interested in looking at the social interactions as part of this inclusive experience, raising awareness to the importance of investigating how can we better establish relationships that will provide agency and participation in learning processes to all students.

Social interactions in learning have been well-documented for several years and analysing it provides precious elements to explore deep learning processes (e.g., socio-cognitive and emotional aspects). Within the inclusive education perspective, it seems particularly important since it has been shown that a high level of social participation reflects the successful inclusion of students with disabilities. Nevertheless, investigation of social interactions, particularly among children that have a significantly different path of development, are challenging and should be carried out via an interdisciplinary perspective, including researchers, professionals, parents and also the people with disabilities.

The theme of the symposium resonates with a long-standing worry about the methodological challenges of investigating social interactions in an inclusive educational setting, and particularly concerning the use of video data and their analyses We focus both on verbal and non-verbal modalities of communication, given that cognition is strongly linked with motor activities and experiences engaging the body. Therefore, our aim is to bring together well-known researchers working with different aspects of social interaction within different theoretical and approaches, and prominent researchers in the field of inclusive education to discuss how can we develop the methodologies to investigate social interaction within inclusive settings.

Our event is open to the academic and professional community. Registration information. 


Juliene Madureira Ferreira - Assistant professor, Tampere University Sabine Zorn - Postdoctoral researcher, and Esther Atlan - Doctoral researcher, INSHEA