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Mercer, Kelly – Kairaranga, 2011
This paper reports on a small action research project carried out by a Special Education Needs Coordinator (SENCO) in a small rural, full primary school in New Zealand. It focused on improving the literacy outcomes for Years 5-8 boys in the school by way of a boys'-only writing group. Results show that the boys'-only learning group had a positive…
Descriptors: Action Research, Foreign Countries, Males, Literacy
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Margrain, Lisa – Kairaranga, 2011
Stuttering is a communication disorder which can include repetitions, prolongations, or having gaps in speech (blocks, with no sound). Stuttering is also known as stammering, although the correct term is actually dysphemia. In this article, the author shares her stuttering experience so that others will realize what it is like to live with a…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Stuttering, Communication Disorders, Communication Problems
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Stead, Robyn – Kairaranga, 2010
This study investigates the types of assessment models used by registered psychologists employed by Ministry of Education: Special Education (MOE:SE) who work in the area of severe and challenging behaviour. The aim of the study was to identify and explore frameworks for practice which are currently used at MOE:SE; the theories which underpin…
Descriptors: Psychologists, Interviews, Counseling Theories, Behavior Theories
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Cunningham, Michele; Purdy, Suzanne C.; Hand, Linda – Kairaranga, 2010
Primary teacher training programmes in New Zealand do not provide training about specific communication disorders (SCDs), despite prevalence of SCDs of approximately 7%. This pilot study investigated the effectiveness of a three-hour professional development (PD) programme for a specialised group of primary teachers, Special Education Needs…
Descriptors: Communication Disorders, Foreign Countries, Teacher Attitudes, Professional Development
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Ward, Angela – Kairaranga, 2010
Students learn best when they feel accepted, included and have positive social relationships. Over a period of two school years, four students with disabilities told their stories of the reality of their secondary school experiences including their experiences of friendships and social relationships in their classrooms and out-of-class settings.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Interpersonal Competence, Social Development, Barriers
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Aydon-Pou, Violet – Kairaranga, 2010
Resource Teachers: Learning and Behaviour (RTLB) are agents of change, charged with the responsibility to facilitate paradigm shift from traditional to inclusive models of educational theory and practice. With seven years experience in an RTLB role I have come to the realisation that if there is congruence between a practitioner's value and belief…
Descriptors: Models, Educational Change, Resource Teachers, Teaching Methods
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Johnson, Ian – Kairaranga, 2010
This seven month trial was undertaken to determine if the Fonetik spelling system (Jackson, 1994) enabled students with and without spelling difficulties to enhance their regular spelling scores. A sample of 270 students aged between 8 and 13 years were involved. The students were based in 8 schools within an RTLB cluster. The Fonetik system was…
Descriptors: Spelling, Scores, Phonetics, Dyslexia
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Stevens, Helen – Kairaranga, 2010
This paper draws on a wider literature review, completed by the author in 2007, about the effectiveness of teachers' aides (TAs). It discusses the effects of the proximity of TAs on the students with disabilities to whom they are assigned. It also reports on studies where TAs have been trained to support the students to interact with their peers…
Descriptors: Proximity, Literature Reviews, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Aides
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Hemmingsson, Helena; Penman, Merrolee – Kairaranga, 2010
Children and young people with disabilities educated in their local school may need services to get equal access to the curriculum. To ensure that any educationally-relevant services achieve the best outcomes, the students' own voices and perspectives should also be included. This paper introduces the School Setting Interview (SSI), an…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Occupational Therapy, Accessibility (for Disabled), Academic Accommodations (Disabilities)
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Sanderson, Lara – Kairaranga, 2010
Research ethics are of fundamental importance to any research. They define and shape the research process from the very beginning as they are the code on which academics rely on as guiding practice in the field (Hopf, 2004). Informed consent is an interesting concept as it is interwoven with other ethical issues that include power, privacy and…
Descriptors: Ethics, Researchers, Secondary School Students, Educational Research
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Macfarlane, Angus H.; Hendy, Vivien; Macfarlane, Sonja – Kairaranga, 2010
History has informed the present, as surely as the present will inform the future. As an evolving society, we are continually reflecting on the events and experiences of the past, taking stock of the issues and realities of the present, and then adapting the parameters, definitions and constructs that serve to define acceptability and reason as we…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Behavior Problems, Student Behavior, Social Attitudes
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Bevan-Brown, Jill – Kairaranga, 2010
This article presents the results of an on-line questionnaire answered by 137 parents of children with ASD. The questionnaire sought parental opinion about what content and messages should be included in a DVD about ASD. Parents' predominant messages were that: ASD is not an illness that can be cured; children with ASD think and act differently;…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Questionnaires
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Greaney, Keith; Tunmer, William E. – Kairaranga, 2010
The new "Reading and Writing Standards" for years 1-8 (2009) and the "Literacy Learning Progressions" (2010) are the two documents that have been published to inform the New Zealand national standards in literacy. An earlier draft "Literacy Learning Progressions" document was circulated nationwide in 2007 to allow for…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, National Standards, Literacy, Revision (Written Composition)
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Hannant, Barbara; Lim, Eng Leong; McAllum, Ruth – Kairaranga, 2010
Dynamic Ecological Analysis (DEA) is a model of practice which increases a teams' efficacy by enabling the development of more effective interventions through collaboration and collective reflection. This process has proved to be useful in: a) clarifying thinking and problem-solving, b) transferring knowledge and thinking to significant parties,…
Descriptors: Transformative Learning, Disabilities, Group Dynamics, Reflective Teaching
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Margrain, Valerie – Kairaranga, 2010
This article shares narratives, or learning-informed stories, of young gifted learners. The purpose of the article is to document exceptionalities of the youngest gifted learners, supporting advocacy, and to demonstrate the merit of narrative approaches to assessment. Narrative assessment, including learning stories, is particularly useful for…
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Personal Narratives, Teaching Methods, Young Children
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