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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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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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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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Ward, Angela – Kairaranga, 2011
Since 1989, teacher aides have become a familiar part of our classrooms as they support students with special educational needs. International and New Zealand research shows that despite many teacher aide practices that effectively support student learning in inclusive settings, there are some practices that work against the inclusion of some…
Descriptors: Teacher Aides, Physical Disabilities, Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students
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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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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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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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O'Regan, Paula – Kairaranga, 2007
The work the author has done with children with special needs in the music field has been heavily influenced by a number of eminent music therapists. She says this work has also been the most enjoyable and often the most exciting of all her experiences as an educationist. She started off as a classroom teacher and at that stage had no aspirations…
Descriptors: Psychological Services, Music, Musicians, Special Needs Students
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Bourne, Louise – Kairaranga, 2007
This article discusses and reflects on some issues that may arise when a child with special needs and their family transition from an early childhood setting into their chosen school. In this instance, the author examines the case of "Aroha", and considers specifics such as the writer's ethical and professional role as an early childhood…
Descriptors: Attention Deficit Disorders, Special Needs Students, Transitional Programs, Early Childhood Education
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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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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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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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Tutty, Chris; Hocking, Clare – Kairaranga, 2004
The purpose of this study was to seek understanding of the experience of those who support students with high needs in regular classes. Seven teacher aides were interviewed, with the interview and data analysis guided by Heideggerian phenomenology. The findings reveal that teacher aides are unprepared for the responsibility or the relationship…
Descriptors: Teacher Aides, Data Analysis, Phenomenology, Special Needs Students