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Willcocks, Madelaine Armstrong – Kairaranga, 2017
Student agency is a hot topic in education in New Zealand at the moment. Future-focused learning and innovative learning environments seem to focus on student agency, but what does 'agency' actually mean? What does it look like for gifted students? And how do teachers to develop it in their students? In response to these questions, this position…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Academically Gifted, Student Empowerment, Skill Development
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Taylor, Jane; Townsend, Michael – Kairaranga, 2016
Most of us intrinsically understand the importance of friendship in our lives, and although we may not spend time considering it, we are aware it is beneficial to our happiness and well-being. As educators, we are often conscious of the friendships that exist in our classrooms, and are particularly mindful of those students who have difficulties…
Descriptors: Friendship, Children, Teacher Role, Well Being
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Howie, Dorothy – Kairaranga, 2015
The Feuerstein approach to the teaching of thinking is highly regarded internationally as an effective programme for vulnerable learners and learners with special educational needs. This paper describes this approach. The need for this approach in New Zealand is discussed, including children's rights to it, and the New Zealand National Curriculum…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Thinking Skills, Special Education
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Grant, John R. – Kairaranga, 2015
This paper discusses the issue of tertiary education for adults with intellectual disabilities. It argues there is a dearth of such opportunities, particularly within the mainstream tertiary education system and this limits employment opportunities and social inclusion for adults with intellectual disabilities. This is not consistent with the…
Descriptors: College Students, Adults, Intellectual Disability, Access to Education
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Crouch, Miriam – Kairaranga, 2015
This article examines attachment; viewing attachment as a continuum from secure attachment relationships through to attachment disorders. The article outlines theoretical bases in attachment, the implications of healthy secure attachment and that of insecure attachment in educational settings, suitable interventions and the importance of…
Descriptors: Attachment Behavior, Interpersonal Relationship, Affective Behavior, Behavior Disorders
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Annan, Jean; Carpenter, Rose – Kairaranga, 2015
The Learning and Change Network Strategy (LCN) was developed to raise students' achievement by appreciating, extending and enriching their learning environments. Throughout New Zealand there are 53 voluntary, networked communities of practice. They involve the active participation of students, teachers, parents, school leaders and community…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Academic Achievement, Networks, Educational Environment
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Dobson, Emma; Gifford-Bryan, Janet – Kairaranga, 2014
Resource Teachers: Learning and Behaviour (RTLB) are specialised teachers who work in regular schools to help facilitate the presence, participation and learning of students who experience difficulties with learning and behaviour. In focusing upon the RTLB principle of a "collaborative and seamless model of service" (Ministry of…
Descriptors: Consultation Programs, Learning Problems, Student Behavior, Behavior Problems
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Wetherall, Michelle – Kairaranga, 2014
This paper examines the Incredible Years Parent and Teacher Programmes that have originated from the work of Webster-Stratton. It provides a brief background on the programmes and a critical analysis of the issues as identified in current literature. The issues can be grouped into four main categories, the first being government decision-making…
Descriptors: Parent Teacher Cooperation, Educational Policy, Cost Effectiveness, Definitions
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Foster, Robyn – Kairaranga, 2014
The importance of educational practices based on evidence is well-supported in the literature, however barriers to their implementation in classrooms still exist. This paper examines the phenomenon of evidence-based practice in education highlighting enablers and barriers to their implementation with particular reference to RTLB practice.
Descriptors: Barriers, Evidence, Performance Factors, Best Practices
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Ferguson, Miriam – Kairaranga, 2014
Teacher aides have been part of New Zealand classrooms for many decades. Initially, they were employed to perform clerical and supervisory duties that required no professional training, such as typing, duplicating and playground supervision. Over the years, however, their role has changed significantly. They now play a pivotal role as a 'people…
Descriptors: Teacher Aides, Foreign Countries, Inclusion, Student Needs
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Dobson, Emma – Kairaranga, 2013
It has been 20 years since the Rainbow Reading programme was developed and trialled by its New Zealand creator, Meryl-Lynn Pluck. Rainbow Reading is an audio-facilitated reading programme, and is based on the method of assisted repeated reading. The programme is designed to provide older students reading below their chronological age with the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Reading Programs, Reading Difficulties, Repetition
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McMaster, Christopher – Kairaranga, 2013
In 2010 the Education Review Office (ERO) was tasked with reporting on the progress of New Zealand schools in the inclusion of students with high needs. This paper will explore how ERO limited the concept of inclusion to suit Government policy and limit discussion of inclusion to the parameters set by the resource allocation scheme known as…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Special Needs Students, Inclusion, Public Policy
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Ferguson, Miriam – Kairaranga, 2013
This paper examines the literature in the area of praise. It considers definitions of praise, types of praise and the effects of praise on learning and behaviour, particularly as it relates to motivation. The evidence base for effective praise is discussed and recommendations for classroom practice are highlighted.
Descriptors: Literature Reviews, Definitions, Positive Reinforcement, Motivation Techniques
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Hayes, Dervla – Kairaranga, 2013
This article examines the use of prompting as an evidence-based strategy to support children with autism to develop their language, communication and social interactions skills. The literature is reviewed using a three-ringed, evidence-based practice model to support evaluation of the use of prompting. The article outlines considerations about the…
Descriptors: Prompting, Teaching Methods, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Autism
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McLaren, Stuart J. – Kairaranga, 2013
There is often intense and passionate debate about the inclusion of those students with the most complex social learning and behavioural needs. This paper, written from a parent's perspective, is based on a case study of a 15-year-old adolescent with severe and high functioning autism that was comparatively well-resourced through the new…
Descriptors: Student Rights, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Inclusion
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