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ERIC Number: EJ914560
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-1175-9232
A Snap-Shot of Organisational Provisions for Maori Children and Youth with Special Needs
Bevan-Brown, Jill
Kairaranga, v6 n1 p3-10 2005
This article presents the findings of a survey to gather information about the scope, prevalence and effectiveness of programmes and services for Maori children and youth with special needs. Analysis of relevant organisational documentation including a postal survey completed by 78 people from 56 different special educational, Maori, support and disability organisations, and 25 follow-up interviews, revealed that a wide range of services and programmes were being offered by organisations throughout Aotearoa/New Zealand. Out of the organisations surveyed fifty-eight percent were providing programmes and services especially developed or adapted for Maori, and forty-one percent had a person with particular responsibility for or expertise in this area. Common components of effective programmes and services were: the incorporation of cultural content; the involvement of parents, whanau, the Maori community, Maori organisations and Maori workers; and ready accessibility. Respondents described 56 different effective strategies and 39 challenges to providing for Maori children and youth with special needs. The five major barriers identified were: insufficient funding; lack of culturally appropriate resources and people with cultural and professional expertise; a shortage of culturally appropriate, relevant training; Pakeha-centric attitudes towards special needs provisions; and high stress levels of Maori staff working in the special needs domain. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand