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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
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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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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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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Dharan, Vijaya – Kairaranga, 2020
With a conservative estimate of 1 in 100 children thought to be on the autism spectrum (Ministry of Health, n.d.), this article reports on findings from a preliminary exploratory national study of parents of children aged 0-21 with ASD. Using an e-survey questionnaire and focus groups, the study sought to understand the supports that were…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Family Needs, Childhood Needs
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Ellery, Tracey – Kairaranga, 2019
This report investigates students' perspectives on a sense of belonging, and the relationship between inclusive practices. It further considers the implications for Resource Teachers: Learning and Behaviour (RTLB) as they work in secondary schools to support inclusive teaching practice. The inquiry question, "How can RTLB effectively support…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Secondary School Teachers, Secondary School Students, Inclusion
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Clark-Howard, Kayleen – Kairaranga, 2019
Inclusive education expects that all students are welcome and that teachers focus on adapting environments so every student can be present, participate, learn and belong. This article summarises a mixed methods, small-scale inquiry which investigated how a sample of 44 New Zealand secondary school teachers understand inclusion and how this…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Inclusion, Secondary School Teachers, Teaching Methods
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Marland, Bec – Kairaranga, 2018
This article examines dyslexia intervention, highlighting tension between traditional medical discourses and pedagogical perspectives. The first of these tensions is regarding views of the learner being variously negative and needs-based versus positive and strengths-based. The second tension is between an atypical, outlier, normative assessment…
Descriptors: Dyslexia, Inclusion, Teaching Methods, Intervention
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Jongens, Tracey – Kairaranga, 2017
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is the term to describe the range of adverse effects that can occur when a fetus is exposed to alcohol. At present in New Zealand there are no definitive statistics on the extent of FASD as a prevalence study has not been undertaken. However, as reported in the New Zealand Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder…
Descriptors: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Males, At Risk Persons, Adolescents
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Tapper, Nicholas; Horsley, Jenny – Kairaranga, 2017
Before graduating from my year as a student in an initial teacher education programme, I am tasked with demonstrating my ability to show how I am able to achieve equitable outcomes for 'priority student groups'. My success or failure in this hinges on a number of factors. Arguably, the most important factor is the quality of practice I observe…
Descriptors: Individualized Instruction, Equal Education, Geography Instruction, Student Diversity
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McNeil, Steve – Kairaranga, 2016
A crunch point in the maths development of some children is Year 4. At this point it becomes obvious they are not only well-below national standards, but they are experiencing such a degree of difficulty in learning maths that they are still working at a Year 1 level or below. This is exemplified by a case study of a student referred to the…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Learning Problems, Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Students
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Miliffe, Anastasia – Kairaranga, 2016
The child well-being movement seeks to enhance the well-being of all children and protect our most vulnerable. The plethora of definitions and approaches to child well-being may create ambiguity and uncertainty about what child well-being means and what research-based frameworks are available to support it. In this initial study, the well-being…
Descriptors: Well Being, Advocacy, Elementary School Students, Community Development
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White, Carolyn; Kearney, Alison – Kairaranga, 2015
In 2013, schools in New Zealand stood-down nearly 12,000 students as a result of behavioural difficulties. Research indicates that rather than improving behaviour, stand-downs can reinforce inappropriate behaviour and potentially put students at-risk. This paper overviews the use of stand-downs in New Zealand schools, discussing the nature and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Discipline Policy, Behavior Problems, At Risk Students
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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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Butler, Philippa; Weir, Kama – Kairaranga, 2013
The pervasiveness of academic ability grouping, or streaming, as a means of organising students into instructional groups in New Zealand schools remains a dominant discourse, despite international and New Zealand research that casts doubt on the benefits of this practice. This article documents teachers' views on the effects of an innovative form…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Attitudes, Ability Grouping, Grouping (Instructional Purposes)
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