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Foster, Robyn – Kairaranga, 2014
The importance of educational practices based on evidence is well-supported in the literature, however barriers to their implementation in classrooms still exist. This paper examines the phenomenon of evidence-based practice in education highlighting enablers and barriers to their implementation with particular reference to RTLB practice.
Descriptors: Barriers, Evidence, Performance Factors, Best Practices
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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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Higginson, Raewyn; Chatfield, Margaret – Kairaranga, 2012
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a specific disability with well defined characteristics that require teachers to utilise specific strategies to cater for the educational needs of children with ASD in the regular classroom. This paper describes an ASD school project that used a multi-faceted teacher professional development programme to train…
Descriptors: Learning Strategies, Autism, Professional Development, Pervasive Developmental Disorders
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Johansen, Anita; Little, Steven G.; Akin-Little, Angeleque – Kairaranga, 2011
The way in which behaviour is perceived and managed by teachers can influence the classroom environment. The current study examined teachers' perceptions of the cause of school behavioural problems and the effectiveness of positive behavioural interventions. It also examined the level of formal training participants have received in behaviour…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Foreign Countries, Classroom Environment, Professional Development
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Cunningham, Michele; Purdy, Suzanne C.; Hand, Linda – Kairaranga, 2010
Primary teacher training programmes in New Zealand do not provide training about specific communication disorders (SCDs), despite prevalence of SCDs of approximately 7%. This pilot study investigated the effectiveness of a three-hour professional development (PD) programme for a specialised group of primary teachers, Special Education Needs…
Descriptors: Communication Disorders, Foreign Countries, Teacher Attitudes, Professional Development
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Hannant, Barbara; Lim, Eng Leong; McAllum, Ruth – Kairaranga, 2010
Dynamic Ecological Analysis (DEA) is a model of practice which increases a teams' efficacy by enabling the development of more effective interventions through collaboration and collective reflection. This process has proved to be useful in: a) clarifying thinking and problem-solving, b) transferring knowledge and thinking to significant parties,…
Descriptors: Transformative Learning, Disabilities, Group Dynamics, Reflective Teaching
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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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Schuster, Ezra – Kairaranga, 2008
This paper discusses the complexities of engaging with Pasifika communities in Aotearoa New Zealand and examines the assumption that the best people to provide services to Pasifika children "have to be Pasifika". The paper offers strategies on building the capability of non-Pasifika staff to work with Pasifika children and their…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Change Strategies, Educational Strategies
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Ford, Jill – Kairaranga, 2006
This practice article explores the relationship between practice and professional learning. Are these two distinctly separate activities, competing for the time of a staff member, or are practice and learning linked? If so, what is the nature of this link and how can we best align professional learning with practice outcomes? Using an example from…
Descriptors: Professional Development, Teacher Improvement, Transformative Learning, Educational Practices
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Dharan, Vijaya – Kairaranga, 2006
This article provides an overview of the process of EEPiSE from conception to conclusion. It attempts to outline the extent of cooperation and collaboration among educators across sectors in identifying what works for children and young people who require significant adaptation to the curriculum. Outlined are the sequence of events, and the people…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Foreign Countries, Special Education, Special Education Teachers
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Rouse, Martyn – Kairaranga, 2006
The development of inclusive schools is not an easy task and not all people are committed to the development of inclusion because they have strong beliefs about where and how different "kinds" of children should receive their schooling. This article attempts to locate recent developments in inclusive practice and learning for all in a…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Foreign Countries, Action Research, Professional Development
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Kent, Bruce – Kairaranga, 2006
The purpose of this study was to capture a sense of the experience of facilitators working with schools and teachers on the Enhancing Effective Practice in Special Education (EEPiSE) project. Facilitation skills are often used in educational contexts in a variety of forms and for a variety of purposes. A considerable body of literature provides…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Content Analysis, Facilitators (Individuals), Educational Practices
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Bourke, Roseanna – Kairaranga, 2006
When teachers participate in professional development and learning opportunities it enables them to reconceptualise their assessment and teaching practices with the support of facilitators and researchers. National programmes of professional development and research, such as the three year Enhancing Effective Practice in Special Education (EEPiSE)…
Descriptors: Action Research, Experiential Learning, Professional Development, Special Education
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Naidoo, Taryn; Naicker, Roshilla – Kairaranga, 2006
This article aims to present strategies and discussion about how teachers can adapt the curriculum in order to provide authentic needs-based programmes. Identifying students' strengths and needs gave us clear directions as to what we needed to teach. In this article, the research team discuss how they successfully raised the reading achievement of…
Descriptors: Reading, Educational Strategies, Identification, Teaching Methods