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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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McMaster, Christopher – Kairaranga, 2013
In 2010 the Education Review Office (ERO) was tasked with reporting on the progress of New Zealand schools in the inclusion of students with high needs. This paper will explore how ERO limited the concept of inclusion to suit Government policy and limit discussion of inclusion to the parameters set by the resource allocation scheme known as…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Special Needs Students, Inclusion, Public Policy
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Bevan-Brown, Jill – Kairaranga, 2012
In May 2012, after a long and impressive career, Luanna Meyer retired from her role as Professor of Education and Director of the Jessie Hetherington Centre for Educational Research at Victoria University. The tributes paid at her retirement ceremony bear testament to a woman who is held in high esteem in the educational community. In this…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Personal Narratives, Inclusion, Regular and Special Education Relationship
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Berryman, Mere; Woller, Paul – Kairaranga, 2011
This paper examines Early Intervention (EI) service provision from within one Ministry of Education region in New Zealand. It does this in order to better understand what works well and what needs to change if children from Maori families, of Early Childhood age, are to be provided with the most effective EI services. By engaging with Maori…
Descriptors: Early Intervention, Foreign Countries, Indigenous Populations, Pacific Islanders
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Coleman, Peter – Kairaranga, 2011
The Ministry of Education's special education policy (commonly referred to as SE2000) has been progressively implemented since 1996. Although it is a funding rather than a professional-practice policy, it has had some negative and unintended consequences for the practice of educational psychology, for special education and it is suggested, for…
Descriptors: Educational Psychology, Classification, Special Education, Disabilities
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Johnson, Ian – Kairaranga, 2010
This seven month trial was undertaken to determine if the Fonetik spelling system (Jackson, 1994) enabled students with and without spelling difficulties to enhance their regular spelling scores. A sample of 270 students aged between 8 and 13 years were involved. The students were based in 8 schools within an RTLB cluster. The Fonetik system was…
Descriptors: Spelling, Scores, Phonetics, Dyslexia
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Stead, Robyn – Kairaranga, 2010
This study investigates the types of assessment models used by registered psychologists employed by Ministry of Education: Special Education (MOE:SE) who work in the area of severe and challenging behaviour. The aim of the study was to identify and explore frameworks for practice which are currently used at MOE:SE; the theories which underpin…
Descriptors: Psychologists, Interviews, Counseling Theories, Behavior Theories
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Larson, Candice – Kairaranga, 2010
This study investigated the transition of a child with moderate special education needs to a primary school setting. It was generated out of the professional interest of the author and a prevailing concern over the apparent delay in providing support for children with moderate special education needs within the primary school system. A case study…
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Disabilities, Children, Special Needs Students
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Lamb, Judy – Kairaranga, 2008
Over a period of a year, formal and informal interactions among members of the community around a four-year-old girl with special education needs were focused through participatory action research (PAR). The team included parents, kindergarten teachers, an education support worker, speech-language therapist, early intervention teacher and…
Descriptors: Early Intervention, Action Research, Disabilities, Kindergarten
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Cain, Judith – Kairaranga, 2008
Taking part in the autism spectrum disorder participatory action research (ASD PAR) project was a genuine team effort for the group of people supporting Rose, a primary school student with Asperger syndrome. The following excerpts are from interviews with some of Rose's team. This is a collaborative approach to telling the story of the team's…
Descriptors: Action Research, Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Resource Teachers
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Smith, Liz – Kairaranga, 2008
A significant challenge for all participants in the autism spectrum disorder participatory action research (ASD PAR) project, including the Ministry of Education, the local project teams (LPT) and mentors, was the lack of availability of a single ethics approval process for the project in its entirety and, in particular, one that could accommodate…
Descriptors: Action Research, Ethics, Models, Evaluation
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Meredith, Kathryn; Andersen, Tim; Neale, Louella; Taylor, Colleen; Schuster, Ezra – Kairaranga, 2008
A delegation from the Ministry of Education, Special Education (GSE) went to Tokelau in 2007 in response to a request from the Tokelauan government to help establish services for children with special education needs. The team was led by Ezra Schuster and made up of a special education advisor, a speech-language therapist, an advisor on deaf…
Descriptors: Special Education, Special Needs Students, Foreign Countries, Disabilities
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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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Simmons Carlsson, Carolyn; Hocking, Clare; Wright-St Clair, Valerie – Kairaranga, 2007
This qualitative study sought to describe the shared "culture of practice" of a group of Ministry of Education, Special Education occupational therapists and physiotherapists. Data from individual semi-structured interviews, enriched by insider observations, were thematically analysed within a cultural constructs framework. An ethos of…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Interviews, Occupational Therapy, Special Education
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Stanley, Peter – Kairaranga, 2007
Many teachers and human service workers are 40-50 years of age and this paper explores the formative influences, and the developmental characteristics, of workers who are presently middle-aged. This leads onto an examination of the importance of relationships and work to mid-lifers. In the concluding section of the paper, there is some…
Descriptors: Special Education, Special Education Teachers, Older Workers, Midlife Transitions
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