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Reynard, Kate – Kairaranga, 2019
A well-developed transition process between the early childhood setting and primary school is important when considering transition to school. This paper reports on an inquiry that focused on the enablers and barriers to a successful transition to school. The inquiry which used case studies at two schools involved interviews with new entrant,…
Descriptors: Transitional Programs, Kindergarten, Primary Education, Special Education
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O'Brien, Jilly; Riley, Tracy; Holley-Boen, Wendy – Kairaranga, 2016
Priority learners in New Zealand include those who have special educational needs, yet gifted learners with multiple exceptionalities are variably identified, understood or provided for in our schools. International research advocates the use of interprofessional practice (IPP) teams, with competency across shared values, roles and…
Descriptors: Interprofessional Relationship, Teamwork, Ability Identification, Talent Identification
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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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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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Bevan-Brown, Jill – Kairaranga, 2012
In May 2012, after a long and impressive career, Luanna Meyer retired from her role as Professor of Education and Director of the Jessie Hetherington Centre for Educational Research at Victoria University. The tributes paid at her retirement ceremony bear testament to a woman who is held in high esteem in the educational community. In this…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Personal Narratives, Inclusion, Regular and Special Education Relationship
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Margrain, Valerie; Clements, Shelley – Kairaranga, 2007
This article defines assessment exemplars and considers their purpose in New Zealand school and early childhood contexts. The role of exemplars in supporting assessment for learning and the extent to which education rights and inclusive practice are evident in exemplars are considered. The article suggests that learners with special education…
Descriptors: Children, Foreign Countries, Special Education, Special Needs Students
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Rouse, Martyn – Kairaranga, 2006
The development of inclusive schools is not an easy task and not all people are committed to the development of inclusion because they have strong beliefs about where and how different "kinds" of children should receive their schooling. This article attempts to locate recent developments in inclusive practice and learning for all in a…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Foreign Countries, Action Research, Professional Development
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Florian, Lani – Kairaranga, 2006
This article is based on a keynote address to the Learning for All Enhancing Effective Practice in Special Education School-led Symposia, Palmerston North, Christchurch, Napier and Auckland, New Zealand, June 2006. It considers "special education" teaching strategies, and the extent to which they overlap with "mainstream…
Descriptors: Conferences (Gatherings), Foreign Countries, Special Education, Teaching Methods