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Starr, Sandra – Kairaranga, 2017
Teacher-talk is a key tool for engaging students in learning. This report examines a process whereby data was used to support teachers in reflecting on their teacher-talk. The context for the study was a small rural New Zealand area school with predominantly Maori students and staff. Emphasis was on strategies that engage, in particular, Maori…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Learner Engagement, Teaching Methods, Rural Schools
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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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McIlroy, Anne-Marie – Kairaranga, 2015
This article describes the Ministry of Education's Inclusive Education Capability Building Project (2013-2014). Project members were tasked with creating resources for professional development that would be used to grow inclusive practice in New Zealand schools. This article also shares the learning journey of some members of the project team as…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Capacity Building, Foreign Countries, Program Descriptions
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McMaster, Christopher – Kairaranga, 2014
The Ministry of Education has set the target of 100% of New Zealand schools to be "mostly" inclusive by 2014. But what are the essential elements of inclusion? This paper explores essential core elements that allow inclusion to flourish. Based on an extensive time in the field as part of a year-long doctoral research project, these…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Accessibility (for Disabled), Best Practices, Research Projects
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Burkett, Lesley – Kairaranga, 2014
Students from low socio-economic backgrounds in New Zealand face many disadvantages when it comes to education, and, despite government initiatives, the disparity between the poor and the well-off continues to grow in this country. New Zealand is among several countries where income inequalities are large and the impact of socio-economic…
Descriptors: Poverty, Social Differences, Socioeconomic Background, Student Behavior
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Soljan, Ivanka; Stanghan, Yvonne; Henry, Anna – Kairaranga, 2013
The term "reflection" is defined as a contemplation of one's teaching craft with the view to improving it (Edwards & Thomas, 2010). Reflection is supported by a number of theories and is considered a key component of RTLB work. A community of practice (CoP), when used as a space for reflection, provides the potential for multiple…
Descriptors: Reflection, Communities of Practice, Foreign Countries, Teacher Effectiveness
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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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Littek, Celeste – Kairaranga, 2013
The purpose of this journal article is to investigate evidence-based practice (EBP) or He Ritenga Whaimohio, as one of the seven principles outlined in the "Resource Teacher: Learning and Behaviour (RTLB) Toolkit" (2011) that guides RTLB practice; and to critique the principle of EBP through practical reflection. (Contains 2 tables and 2…
Descriptors: Evidence, Educational Practices, Educational Principles, Reflection
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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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Parsonson, Barry S. – Kairaranga, 2012
This paper reviews a range of evidence-based strategies for application by teachers to reduce disruptive and challenging behaviours in their classrooms. These include a number of antecedent strategies intended to help minimise the emergence of problematic behaviours and a range of those which provide positive consequences for appropriate student…
Descriptors: Evidence, Feedback (Response), Behavior Problems, Classroom Techniques
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Pienaar, Dorothea – Kairaranga, 2012
Down syndrome (DS) is a genetic disorder resulting from chromosome 21 having three copies (trisomy 21). Cognitive functioning and anatomical features cause speech and language development delay (Kumin, 2003). Children with DS generally enjoy communication (Schoenbrodt, 2004), and respond well to interaction and social scripts. Music therapy has…
Descriptors: Genetic Disorders, Special Schools, Music, Down Syndrome
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Greaney, Keith – Kairaranga, 2012
Tape Assisted Reading Programmes (TARPs), and more recently, other forms of audio recorded stories, have been used in New Zealand schools to help students with reading difficulties. Many claims are made about the positive effects of such programmes on general reading ability and progress. However, this paper, informed by research, states that such…
Descriptors: Reading Difficulties, Foreign Countries, Reading Ability, Reading Improvement
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Gilmore, Gwen; Waru, Hohepa – Kairaranga, 2012
This paper discusses the use of a Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) in the context of a Youth Justice Residential school setting in New Zealand (NZ). The school does not currently have a method of screening for educational purposes and, more specifically, key competencies. The use of the SDQ as a tool to support the educational…
Descriptors: Educational Principles, Residential Schools, Academic Achievement, Adolescents
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Schofield, Linda – Kairaranga, 2012
In this study, qualitative evidence is collected--through classroom observations and teacher and student interviews--to study the effect of metacognition and the interaction between students' observable cognitive behaviour and the instructional task. This qualitative data is analysed to identify what factors support and improve students'…
Descriptors: Evidence, Metacognition, Instructional Effectiveness, Teaching Methods
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McMaster, Christopher – Kairaranga, 2012
This paper explores features of successful inclusion through examples found in the literature. Schools have been given the imperative to become more inclusive through various government pronouncements and initiatives, but guidance in achieving that goal has been arguably wanting. School communities that have demonstrated more inclusive practice…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Change, Inclusion, Mainstreaming
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