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Ness, Mike; Couperus, Josh; Willey, Matthew – Kairaranga, 2013
This study evaluates the efficacy of the Lexia Reading (LR) programme with a cohort of 37 students in a Decile 1 primary school. The students were randomly assigned to experimental (who used LR) and control groups (who did not use LR). The WIAT-II was used to provide pre and post measures of literacy skills. Results indicated that students who…
Descriptors: Reading Programs, Elementary School Students, Foreign Countries, Questionnaires
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Littek, Celeste – Kairaranga, 2013
The purpose of this journal article is to investigate evidence-based practice (EBP) or He Ritenga Whaimohio, as one of the seven principles outlined in the "Resource Teacher: Learning and Behaviour (RTLB) Toolkit" (2011) that guides RTLB practice; and to critique the principle of EBP through practical reflection. (Contains 2 tables and 2…
Descriptors: Evidence, Educational Practices, Educational Principles, Reflection
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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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Gilmore, Gwen; Waru, Hohepa – Kairaranga, 2012
This paper discusses the use of a Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) in the context of a Youth Justice Residential school setting in New Zealand (NZ). The school does not currently have a method of screening for educational purposes and, more specifically, key competencies. The use of the SDQ as a tool to support the educational…
Descriptors: Educational Principles, Residential Schools, Academic Achievement, Adolescents
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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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Bevan-Brown, Jill – Kairaranga, 2010
This article presents the results of an on-line questionnaire answered by 137 parents of children with ASD. The questionnaire sought parental opinion about what content and messages should be included in a DVD about ASD. Parents' predominant messages were that: ASD is not an illness that can be cured; children with ASD think and act differently;…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Questionnaires
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Bevan-Brown, Jill; Carroll-Lind, Janis; Kearney, Alison; Sperl, Barbara; Sutherland, Mary – Kairaranga, 2008
This article describes a participatory action research (PAR) project conducted in a large urban, co-educational secondary school. The project focused on two senior pupils with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who, seemingly as a result of feeling stressed or anxious, displayed behaviours that inhibited communication. Using questionnaires,…
Descriptors: Action Research, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Secondary School Students
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Kairaranga, 2008
"Kairaranga" operates as a partnership between the Ministry of Education, Special Education, Resource Teachers: Learning and Behavior (RTLB) and the tertiary sector. The journal was published by and for RTLB from 2000 to 2003, but the partnership model has been in operation since Volume 5, Issue 2, 2004. After three years of…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Periodicals, Questionnaires, Partnerships in Education
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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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Raskauskas, Juliana – Kairaranga, 2007
Increased availability of cell-phones has provided new avenues through which adolescents can bully their peers. Text-bullying is an emerging form of bullying which may threaten the emotional well-being of early adolescents. In this study 565 early adolescents (10-13 years old) completed questionnaires regarding their experiences with bullying…
Descriptors: Bullying, Early Adolescents, Questionnaires, Adolescents
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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
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Smith, Allister – Kairaranga, 2005
Index for Inclusion is a programme to assist in developing learning and participation in schools. It was written by Tony Booth and Mel Ainscow from the Centre for Studies on Inclusive Education, UK. Central Normal School was pleased to have the opportunity to trial this programme.
Descriptors: Inclusion, Mainstreaming, Student Needs, Program Development
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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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