1 Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School
The (Boundary) Work of Inclusion
Including children with special needs in the common school has become an international political priority over the past 15-‐20 years. In reponse, new social technologies have emerged. This article analyses one such technology, an action plan called a SMTTE, and proposes that we understand it as a “screening device”. It is a “device” in the sense that it distributes agency, and it “screens” in the word’s multiple meanings: “projecting” as in creating a viewer position;“sifting” and “systematizing” as in discriminating “knowledge” from mere “opinionings”; and “protecting” teachers from noise. Using ethnographic data from a Danish school, the article explores,first, the script and agencement of the SMTTE and, second, how the screening properties of the SMTTE are achieved, including how these properties challenge management-‐teacher relations when the SMTTE travels to other networks at the school.The SMTTE does not form a seamless part of the school.Rather, its screening properties constitute their own trajectory, which interferes with other matters of concern at the school.
Sts Encounters - Dasts Working Paper Series, 2011, Vol 4, Issue 2, p. 111-144