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Smith, Suzanne – Kairaranga, 2023
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a research-based theoretical framework that can be used to design teaching and learning opportunities that are more responsive to the variability of student need in any classroom, although a vast number of teachers appear to know nothing about UDL. One population whose needs are becoming increasingly visible…
Descriptors: Students with Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Access to Education, Faculty Development
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Burland, Paul; Sleeman, Mike – Kairaranga, 2023
There is considerable evidence supporting the success of the Incredible Years Teacher (IYT) Programme. Despite this, few studies in Aotearoa New Zealand have investigated teachers' ongoing use of IYT strategies once they have completed their training. This research examined whether teachers felt they had embedded the use of IYT strategies in their…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Teacher Attitudes, Self Efficacy, Program Implementation
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McConnell, Jan; Pureti, Katie; Rickson, Daphne – Kairaranga, 2023
Mauri Tui Tuia is a professional development programme established by the first and second authors who are a Registered Arts and Dance Movement Therapist and a Registered Music Therapist respectively. Mauri Tui Tuia seeks to empower educators to develop a kete of tools to support children in building resilience and maintaining wellbeing, through…
Descriptors: Music Therapy, Resilience (Psychology), Well Being, Trauma Informed Approach
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Mitchell, Fiona – Kairaranga, 2023
The foundation of inclusive education is that every learner has the potential to contribute positively to society. A sense of belonging to society is vital to this contribution, and to the growth and development of autistic children and young people. New Zealand has made some positive progress towards inclusive education, with some education…
Descriptors: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Students with Disabilities, Inclusion, Student Rights
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Leete, Nicola – Kairaranga, 2023
All children in Aotearoa New Zealand have the right to enrol in and receive a quality, inclusive education. Despite this, a recent report by the Education Review Office (ERO, 2022), the government's external education evaluation agency, identified numerous ways in which disabled akonga are excluded from and within the education system. This…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Rights, Access to Education, Inclusion
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Highley, Violet – Kairaranga, 2023
The Ministry of Education document "Action Plan for Pacific Education" 2020-2030 is a government commitment to transform outcomes for Pacific learners and their families. Key Shift 5 of this Action Plan focuses on valuing, growing, and retaining "teachers, leaders, and educational professionals with diverse Pacific heritages"…
Descriptors: Pacific Islanders, Indigenous Populations, Teacher Recruitment, Leaders
Catherine Noakes-Duncan – Kairaranga, 2023
This research paper asks what Maori educators want Pakeha outreach teachers to know when working with tamariki Maori on the autism spectrum with high, complex needs. A review of the literature noted a shortage of specialists who can speak te reo Maori and practice in a culturally responsive way. Three Maori educators participated in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Ethnic Groups, Pacific Islanders, Students with Disabilities
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Sarah Darke; Kayleen Clark-Howard – Kairaranga, 2023
A diverse range of high school students dominate negative outcome data in Aotearoa-New Zealand, and a shift in how we support them is needed for outcomes to improve. Following PRISMA guidelines, a systematic review of published and grey literature was carried out to identify how research shows belongingness is an important element in improving…
Descriptors: High School Students, Student School Relationship, Sense of Community, Diversity
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Nicola McDowell – Kairaranga, 2023
Cerebral visual impairment is a high incidence visual issue with a prevalence rate of 3.4% of children in mainstream education (Williams et al., 2021). However, it is still a very unknown condition with very little awareness in the general public (Ravenscroft et al., 2021). The aim of this research was to better understand how CVI related visual…
Descriptors: Students with Disabilities, Visual Impairments, Neurological Impairments, Mainstreaming
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Amy Smith; Melissa Derby – Kairaranga, 2023
This paper examines how kaiako (teachers) view professional learning and development training (PLD) in structured literacy (SL) in a Maori-medium immersion context. Through interviews with kaiako in a kura kaupapa Maori (Maori-medium educational setting) who teach students in Years 1-6, and images of the literacy environment to capture some of the…
Descriptors: Pacific Islanders, Faculty Development, Malayo Polynesian Languages, Language of Instruction
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Fiona Mitchell – Kairaranga, 2023
The Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework has the potential to enhance the inclusive practices of teachers with autistic learners in their classes. This study examines the extent to which the UDL framework is currently being used as a model for the inclusion of autistic learners in New Zealand primary schools. This study gathered data from…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Inclusion, Students with Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders
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Anna Richards; Kayleen Clark-Howard – Kairaranga, 2023
In New Zealand/Aotearoa, high levels of secondary school absenteeism are a nationwide problem. Absenteeism is associated with a range of adverse outcomes for individuals and has detrimental effects on society. Since the global COVID-19 pandemic, with the government closing schools during lockdowns, absenteeism has reached epidemic proportions as…
Descriptors: Attendance, Secondary School Students, Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes