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McLaren, Stuart J. – Kairaranga, 2013
There is often intense and passionate debate about the inclusion of those students with the most complex social learning and behavioural needs. This paper, written from a parent's perspective, is based on a case study of a 15-year-old adolescent with severe and high functioning autism that was comparatively well-resourced through the new…
Descriptors: Student Rights, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Inclusion
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Johnson, Ian – Kairaranga, 2008
This article was undertaken to determine whether the Oxford Reading Pen (ORP) could enable students with reading difficulties to read and comprehend text at their chronological age. A small sample of students with reading difficulties was involved in a trial to ascertain the impact of using the ORP within their classroom reading activities. The…
Descriptors: Student Needs, Reading Difficulties, Age, Assistive Technology
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Kelly, Anna – Kairaranga, 2008
Supporting children and young people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is an endeavour associated with both reward and challenge. There are teams of people across New Zealand who provide this support daily, without fanfare or display--it is simply what they do. In 2003 and 2004 nine such teams stepped up and out by taking part in the national…
Descriptors: Action Research, Autism, Young Adults, Foreign Countries
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Kelly, Anna – Kairaranga, 2008
This article is an analysis of the reports submitted to the Ministry of Education by teams and mentors who took part in the autism spectrum disorder participatory action research (ASD PAR) project. The key findings highlight the importance of: individualised support based on a sound knowledge of the child or young person; strategies targeted at…
Descriptors: Action Research, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Foreign Countries
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Rickson, Daphne J.; McFerran, Katrina – Kairaranga, 2007
Research is an essential aspect of the music therapy profession. Practice is grounded in theoretical frameworks based on research studies and the evaluation of clinical interventions. Early research drew heavily on behavioural principles, observing measurable change in response to musical interventions. As the profession gained stature, music…
Descriptors: Music, Foreign Countries, Music Therapy, Special Education
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Glynn, Ted; Bevan-Brown, Jill – Kairaranga, 2007
This paper challenges some of the ill-informed and misleading assumptions made about Maori students and their whanau, and about Maori teachers and education professionals. In particular it examines four prominent assumptions that impact on Maori, namely: We are all New Zealanders; We know all about Maori students and praise; We know what whanau…
Descriptors: Pacific Islanders, Malayo Polynesian Languages, Misconceptions, Indigenous Populations
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Bevan-Brown, Jill – Kairaranga, 2006
This paper examines research evidence, practitioners' knowledge, skills and experiences and the voice of students, parents and whanau to identify common messages in respect to educating Maori students both with and without special education needs. The keys to effective practice identified include: positive teacher-student relationships;…
Descriptors: Bullying, Early Adolescents, Questionnaires, Adolescents