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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Abstract

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 ID: 21323
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: multisensory environments, Finland, social pedagogy, sociocultural animation
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ISSN: 1443-7597
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2012 22:09
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%
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