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Margrain, Valerie; Clements, Shelley – Kairaranga, 2007
This article defines assessment exemplars and considers their purpose in New Zealand school and early childhood contexts. The role of exemplars in supporting assessment for learning and the extent to which education rights and inclusive practice are evident in exemplars are considered. The article suggests that learners with special education…
Descriptors: Children, Foreign Countries, Special Education, Special Needs Students
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Berryman, Mere; Togo, Tracey – Kairaranga, 2007
This paper presents findings from two studies that each aimed to develop understandings of how to more effectively support Maori learners with special education needs. The first study occurred just prior to Specialist Education Services (SES) move into the Ministry of Education. The second study comes from the Enhancing Effective Practice in…
Descriptors: Pacific Islanders, Special Education, Foreign Countries, Student Needs
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Nikoia, Sue – Kairaranga, 2006
The Ministry of Education (MOE) funds a range of specialist education services for children and young people with special education needs. To ensure consistent quality service provision, generic Specialist Service Standards have been developed through a collaborative process involving representatives from the broad range of special education…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Specialists, Special Education, National Standards
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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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Holley, Wendy – Kairaranga, 2006
This is a series of light-hearted reflections from a person who has worked in special education her entire career. After moving from the United States to New Zealand, she uses her experience adjusting to her new country, to better understand the perspectives of the children and young people with whom she works.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Special Education, Disabilities, Special Education Teachers
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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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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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Florian, Lani – Kairaranga, 2006
This article is based on a keynote address to the Learning for All Enhancing Effective Practice in Special Education School-led Symposia, Palmerston North, Christchurch, Napier and Auckland, New Zealand, June 2006. It considers "special education" teaching strategies, and the extent to which they overlap with "mainstream…
Descriptors: Conferences (Gatherings), Foreign Countries, Special Education, Teaching Methods
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Morris, Chris; Katon, Shirley – Kairaranga, 2006
This article is the story of a school's journey from a deficit model of special education needs programming to an inclusive model of student learning support. The heart of this journey was the identification and management of tensions and complexities surrounding educational beliefs, school values, and pedagogical practices. This article will…
Descriptors: Special Education, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Organizational Change
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Mears, Alan; Stevenson, Rosalie – Kairaranga, 2006
This article describes an action research project, based within a school, to develop and increase the social resiliency of students with special education needs in both school and community settings. The programme included role-plays, scenarios and problem solving. An assessment tool was developed to measure self-esteem amongst the students and…
Descriptors: Physical Education, Teacher Aides, Action Research, Special Education
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Ellery, Tracey; Trafford, Jan – Kairaranga, 2006
In 2005 Motueka High School became involved in the Ministry of Education's Enhancing Effective Practice in Special Education (EEPiSE) project. The following is the story of how we integrated this action research project into our existing Enhanced Programme Funding (EPF). The project was supported by researcher Don Brown and led by our head of…
Descriptors: High Schools, Action Research, Learning Strategies, Foreign Countries
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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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Bevan-Brown, Jill – Kairaranga, 2005
This article presents the findings of a survey to gather information about the scope, prevalence and effectiveness of programmes and services for Maori children and youth with special needs. Analysis of relevant organisational documentation including a postal survey completed by 78 people from 56 different special educational, Maori, support and…
Descriptors: Parent Participation, Disabilities, Foreign Countries, Malayo Polynesian Languages
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Andrews, Diane; Clarke, Trevor – Kairaranga, 2005
This article outlines the development and implementation of a project designed to help a school reflect on how well it has developed supportive behaviour management systems. The programme further encourages the school to implement more functional systems. When the local Group Special Education (GSE) office was offered an opportunity to develop…
Descriptors: Student Behavior, Systems Approach, Behavior Modification, Functional Behavioral Assessment
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