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Caulcutt, Toia; Paki, Vanessa – Kairaranga, 2011
Early intervention and early childhood share a unique space in our early years education in Aotearoa/New Zealand. The assessment practices of the two are distinctively different and specific to each discipline. As assessment is a powerful agent for change and responsiveness to learners this article will unpack the reasoning behind these…
Descriptors: Early Intervention, Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries, Educational Practices
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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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Hamilton, Michelle; Litterick-Biggs, Angela – Kairaranga, 2008
The Incredible Years parent training programme is a research-based therapy which aims to help families improve the behaviour of children with conduct difficulties in the early years, while the behaviour is malleable (Webster-Stratton & Reid, 2003). The short-term goals of the programme are to reduce conduct problems in children by increasing…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Parent Education, Parent Child Relationship, Young Children
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Gilmore, Bill; Haslam, Vicky; Hitaua, Raewyn; Kent, Bruce; Tavui, Esther; Tu'ionetoa, Alison; Crosswell, Margaret – Kairaranga, 2007
The article shares some of the reflections of the project team who developed the "Do You Know Me? E Mohio Ana Koe Ki Ahau?" resource for educators, which aims to assist educators in both school and early childhood education services to clarify concerns about young children and take appropriate action. Issues discussed include the context…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Reflective Teaching, Reflection
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Bourne, Louise – Kairaranga, 2007
This article discusses and reflects on some issues that may arise when a child with special needs and their family transition from an early childhood setting into their chosen school. In this instance, the author examines the case of "Aroha", and considers specifics such as the writer's ethical and professional role as an early childhood…
Descriptors: Attention Deficit Disorders, Special Needs Students, Transitional Programs, Early Childhood Education
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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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Salter, Jan; Redman, Jill – Kairaranga, 2006
The importance of a smooth transition into school for children who have received Early Intervention Services (EI) but have not received the Ongoing Reviewable Resource Scheme (ORRS) funding has become of increasing concern to stakeholders involved with these children. The EI and School Focus (SF) teams of the GSE in Pakuranga collaborated…
Descriptors: School Readiness, Early Intervention, Pilot Projects, Educational Objectives
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Robinson, Stephen – Kairaranga, 2006
This article is based on the author's personal experience of an uncomfortable discussion with a family. Issues are explored around the difficulty in anticipating how a young child with a learning delay will respond to speech-language therapy and how the practitioner will give accurate information. Two key journal articles on giving bad news are…
Descriptors: Speech Impairments, Speech Language Pathology, Interpersonal Communication, Parent School Relationship
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Margrain, Valerie – Kairaranga, 2006
This article reports some of the findings of a study involving 11 New Zealand 4-year-old precocious readers (Margrain, 2005). The children, aged between 4:01 and 4:10, had reading ages three to nine years above their chronological age. Assessment of precocious reading abilities is discussed, including how assessment findings are influenced by the…
Descriptors: Age, Gifted, Program Effectiveness, Foreign Countries
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Greaney, Keith – Kairaranga, 2005
Apart from the annual returns to the Ministry of Education of Reading Recovery (RR) data (and to a lesser extent, the four-yearly National Education Monitoring Project cycle data), there is currently no national data sets of reading achievement information for New Zealand primary school children. This article uses the national RR data for 2002 as…
Descriptors: Early Reading, Reading Achievement, Reading Tests, Foreign Countries
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Gilmore, Bill; Brown, Dave Laurie Rose; Van Midden, Ngaire; Mead-McEwan, Lois; Bretherton, Maureen; Broere, Christine; Buxton, Jocelyn; Hutchings, Andrea – Kairaranga, 2004
The Seeds for Success pilot project involved RTLB, Ministry of Education-Special Education staff, and classroom teachers. It successfully developed and trialed a school entry screening and intervention programme for young children who were identified by teachers as having behaviour difficulties across three school clusters. Collaboration between…
Descriptors: Intervention, Pilot Projects, Preschool Children, Foreign Countries