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Couper, Llyween; Sutherland, Dean; van Bysterveldt, Anne – Kairaranga, 2013
This paper explores the place of the school playground in the lives of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). We discuss the physical environment, school systems and practices that support the development of social competence and increased peer interactions for children with ASD in their school playground. Highlighted issues include the…
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Playgrounds, Physical Environment
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Sebestian, Sandiyao – Kairaranga, 2013
The ecological approach, based on the RTLB Toolkit that guides RTLBs in New Zealand, is one of the seven principles used for interventions for students with learning and behaviour concerns. As a result of a paradigm shift moving from a functional limitations perspective to a more inclusive/ecological perspective in 1999, RTLBs have been trained…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Environment, Evidence, Intervention
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Henderson, Lesleigh – Kairaranga, 2013
New Zealand Education reforms aligned with raising Maori student success are yet to result in Maori students reaching their educational potential (Howard, 2010; ERO, 2008; 2010). Why do many New Zealand teachers struggle to create and deliver programmes which allow Maori learners to succeed as Maori? What barriers and enablers exist today in New…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Pacific Islanders, Barriers, Culturally Relevant Education
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Stucki, Paora – Kairaranga, 2012
Literature on Maori pedagogy up until now has been disparate, some dealing with methodological issues, some with learning theory, some with environment and so forth. This article seeks to build one comprehensive picture of Maori pedagogy by weaving the myriad disparate themes in the literature into one unifying model. It is based on an EdD study…
Descriptors: Learning Theories, Malayo Polynesian Languages, Culturally Relevant Education, Indigenous Populations
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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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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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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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Couper, Llyween – Kairaranga, 2011
During 2008 and 2009, a group of nine Resource Teachers: Learning and Behaviour (RTLB) from Canterbury met as a Community of Practice to investigate the way that play in the school playground contributes to the social competence of students. While the original concern was around the needs of students who were unable to manage their behaviour in…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Playground Activities, Play, Focus Groups
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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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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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Hasselbusch, Andrea; Penman, Merrolee – Kairaranga, 2008
The focus of this study was to explore the occupational therapy consultation process used with students on the autistic spectrum attending their regular school. Individual, in-depth interviews with senior occupational therapists were employed to collect the data. Grounded theory (Glaser & Strauss, 1967; Strauss, 1987; Strauss & Corbin,…
Descriptors: Grounded Theory, Qualitative Research, Inclusion, Holistic Approach
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Wastney, Bernie; Kooro-Baker, Gayle Te; McPeak, Carolyn – Kairaranga, 2007
This article contains the transcript of a session one mother ran in her child's class. The aim of the session was to give class members a better understanding of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in general and of her son in particular. The effectiveness of her approach is evident in the follow-up stories children wrote and in the experiences this…
Descriptors: Mothers, Autism, Parents, Coping
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Browne, Jennifer; Carroll-Lind, Janis – Kairaranga, 2006
This article presents the findings of a case study undertaken with the year 5 girls in one school to investigate their experiences and understanding of covert intimidation, as well as the effects and impact of these practices in the school setting. The findings of the study were obtained from the analysis of interviews, researcher-generated…
Descriptors: Females, Educational Environment, Elementary School Students, Aggression
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Fisher, Rebecca; Martin, Brenda – Kairaranga, 2006
This article describes the "Discovery Time" programme, a largely child-directed developmental programme, and discusses it in relation to the sociocultural approach to learning. It considers the effects of the programme on the development of children's oral language and cooperative social skills in a Year 1 classroom. Survey information…
Descriptors: Oral Language, Child Development, Learning, Interviews
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Tippett, Jennifer – Kairaranga, 2004
The Ministry of Education's policy, "Special Education 2000" (SE 2000) was intended to promote a model that ensured all students received an education that involved successful experiences (Ministry of Education, 1996). Students with Asperger Syndrome (AS) often have difficulty adapting to and achieving these successful experiences in…
Descriptors: Teacher Aides, Teacher Characteristics, Asperger Syndrome, Teacher Responsibility
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