At the Department of Special Education research is conducted from a variety of theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches, which well reflects the interdisciplinary nature of Special Education as a scientific subject.

The research deals with conditions for participation and learning from a social, organizational, group and individual perspective. The focus is to examine how educational environments can support or hinder the development, learning and socialization of children and adults.

We examine how problems can be prevented by studying the interaction between the individual and the environment, identify protective and risk factors at different levels for people with disabilities, people in socially vulnerable situations, children and students in need of support. The research encompasses studies of democracy, fundamental values and human rights, based on issues of inclusion and participation, as well as questions about how favorable educational environments are created for all children and young people. Other issues being studied are about the implications of different disabilities for the individual and the context. 

Four areas are in focus: 

• Equality, Democracy and Fundamental values

• Impairment and disability

• Learning Environments and Didactic development

• Special education and young children