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Stead, Robyn – Kairaranga, 2014
The "Special Education 2000" initiative (Ministry of Education, 1998) led to the creation of the role of Resource Teachers: Learning and Behaviour (RTLB). The role was designed to support inclusion, provide consistent service, and bring about improved outcomes for students with learning and behaviour difficulties and their teachers in…
Descriptors: Educational Principles, Culturally Relevant Education, Pacific Islanders, Behavior Problems
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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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Robertson, Kerensa – Kairaranga, 2013
In an educational system based on equity, ensuring the achievement of Pasifika students in secondary education is seen as a key focus of the Government approach to education (Ministry of Education, 2013b) and a major step in addressing the social and economic inequities experienced by Pasifika peoples in New Zealand. While there has been a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Adolescents, Literacy, Secondary School Students
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Porter-Samuels, Tute – Kairaranga, 2013
Pasifika learners, along with Maori, continue to experience high disparities in New Zealand's education system. Furthermore, it is predicted that over the next few decades, the majority of students in New Zealand primary schools will be Maori and Pasifika. The implications for classroom teachers are enormous. In reviewing a range of literature,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Culturally Relevant Education, Academic Achievement, Educational Improvement
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Featonby, Amy – Kairaranga, 2012
This article describes a project conducted with Year 12 English students. It was based on the model of "Teaching as Inquiry" (Ministry of Education, 2007) and aimed to develop students' self-efficacy in relation to their literature-response essay writing. Self-efficacy was measured using Bandura's (2006) self-efficacy scale and an…
Descriptors: Intervention, Self Efficacy, Reader Response, Measures (Individuals)
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O'Fee, Claire – Kairaranga, 2012
Research shows that when parents and caregivers are involved in their child's education, children do better at school. Traditionally, the parent/teacher interview has been one way of facilitating such involvement. However, as students progress through the school system, parent and caregiver involvement in conventional parent/teacher interviews…
Descriptors: Parent Teacher Conferences, Caregivers, Parents, Foreign Countries
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Harrison, Bev – Kairaranga, 2012
Boys' literacy has been, and continues to be, an area of concern for educationalists at all levels. The decline in boys' reading, which may have negative consequences for their learning, becomes more marked as they get older. This project examined possible reasons for this and implemented strategies designed to increase Year 13 boys' reading. The…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Males, Recreational Reading, Adolescents
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Ward, Angela – Kairaranga, 2011
Since 1989, teacher aides have become a familiar part of our classrooms as they support students with special educational needs. International and New Zealand research shows that despite many teacher aide practices that effectively support student learning in inclusive settings, there are some practices that work against the inclusion of some…
Descriptors: Teacher Aides, Physical Disabilities, Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students
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Pillay, Poobie; Flanagan, Paul – Kairaranga, 2011
Resource Teachers: Learning and Behaviour (RTLB) have supported more than 15,000 students since RTLB 1999 by assisting teachers to manage and support students with learning or behaviour difficulties within inclusive classroom environments. Research indicates that there are long term positive educational effects for students receiving short-term…
Descriptors: Resource Teachers, Student Experience, Learning Problems, Behavior Problems
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Parker-Corney, Kate; Kilpin, Ken; Taylor, Rowena – Kairaranga, 2011
Low levels of literacy engagement by Years 9 and 10 students impact on their achievement in curriculum subjects such as Social Studies in New Zealand secondary schools. The majority of students entering secondary school possess sufficient foundation skills for further scaffolded subject literacy instruction, but some consistently resist or refuse…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Reading Motivation, Foreign Countries, Literacy
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Frengley-Vaipuna, Ingrid; Kupu-MacIntyre, Lesieli; Riley, Tracy – Kairaranga, 2011
This article outlines the use of Gagne's (2008) Differentiated Model of Giftedness and Talent (DMGT) as applied to Tongan secondary school students in New Zealand. Two case studies of Tongan young women are shared with a particular emphasis on the influence of catalysts, the chance factor, and developmental processes upon the development of their…
Descriptors: Gifted, Talent, Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students
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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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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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Esera, Tracey – Kairaranga, 2008
This article provides an insight into the educational needs, experiences and school support for deaf high school students attending a mainstream school, from the perspectives of the deaf students themselves, their teachers and support staff. Themes emerged from interviews with the students and staff around learning, communication, school culture…
Descriptors: Educational Needs, School Culture, Deafness, Peer Groups
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