Mitchell Centre Seminar Series
|Dates:||6 December 2017|
|Times:||16:00 - 17:30|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Social Sciences|
Mathias Mejeh, UZH Zurich
The Detection of Plot Structures within the Field of Inclusive Education
In recent years Inclusive Education has become a highly discussed issue all over the world. In the past decades this topic has also been controversially discussed in Switzerland, in particular since the responsible Swiss cantons had to elaborate concepts of inclusion and their realisation increasingly got into the focus of education policy interests.
In this context, questions about the characteristic ideas of the various groups of actors collaborating in the field have gained in importance and related to them questions about adequate methodological treatments.
In this presentation a graph-theoretical analysis is introduced which consists of a reductive procedure apt to elaborate characteristic plot structures of actor groups on the basis of the answers from an online questionnaire. As an illustrative application, a study based on n= 136 participants is presented in which characteristic ideas of Psychologists, Parents, Remedial Teachers, Principals, Speech Therapists and Teachers have been outlined covering the topics from the categories: orientation, diagnostics, financial conditions, institutional structures, legal framework, training and further training.
Hereby the following four-step procedure was used:
First step: Formal structure of all topics presented in the questionnaire (original structure).
Second step: Initial structure of all topics considered in the answers of the questionnaire (model structure).
Third step: Characteristic structure obtained by a sampling procedure (jack-knife) numerically controlled by the parameters „pithiness value” and „pithiness barrier” (pithy structure).
Fourth step: Evaluation of the degree the characteristic structure is included in the initial structure and significance test of the pithiness of the characteristic structure defined on the difference towards the trivial (complete) and the vague (random) structure as the determinant quality criteria.
In addition, some further possibilities as well as problems are discussed, related to the determination of an appropriate formal structure from canonical texts (e.g. regulations), related to the aggregation or comparison of characteristic structures and finally related to the parametrization of defined properties of such structures.
Organisation: UZH Zurich
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