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  • Survey of Special Education resourcing

    In 2007/08 an independent survey was undertaken to inform the Government about the level of special education resources received by schools and the allocation of special education resources to students.

    Author(s): Lorrae Ward, Nola Purdie (Australian Council for Educational Research), Earl Irving, Bronwyn Weston, Cole Armstrong, Micheal King, and Adelle Henderson

    Date Published: February 2009

  • Principles and practices in early intervention: A literature review for the Ministry of Education

    The purpose of this literature review is to identify and review research and studies that illustrate effective and/or evidence-based principles of early intervention practice which can be linked to improved child outcomes for children from birth to six years of age, who have special education needs. The resulting resource will be used to inform decision-making in regard to the future direction of early intervention services in New Zealand.

    Author(s): Louise Alliston, Research New Zealand

    Date Published: July 2007

  • Research project on integrated effective service provision for children and young people with physical disabilities: Two part research project

    The research reports from both projects will be valuable for everyone involved in striving towards integrated effective practice for students with physical disabilities. The research captures day-to-day challenges and achievements.

    Author(s): Phillipa Clark, University of Auckland; Jude MacArthur, Donald Beasley Institute; Trevor McDonald, Education Associates Limited; Carolyn Simmons Carlsson, and Pat Caswell, Special Education, Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: November 2007

  • Integrated effective service provision for children and young people with physical disabilities: A summary of two research projects

    This summary report highlights the aspects of the research which we see as being particularly important for policy, planning and practice.

    Author(s): Ministry of Education

    Date Published: November 2007

  • Literature review on intervention with challenging behaviour in children and youth with developmental disabilities

    This report, by Luanna Meyer and Ian Evans, summarises the processes, approach, and findings of a review of the literature and knowledge base regarding severe challenging behaviour in children and young people with developmental disabilities. The review is focussed on effective educational and support services for children and youth whose behavioural challenges accompany a diagnosis of intellectual disability, developmental delay, severe learning difficulties, severe traumatic brain injury, and/or autistic spectrum disorder.

    Author(s): Luanna Meyer College of Education, Victoria University and Ian Evans School of Psychology, Massey University.

    Date Published: December 2006

  • Evaluation of the Supplementary Learning Support initiative

    Supplementary Learning Support (SLS) is a special education initiative designed to provide additional support to students with ongoing significant educational needs who have missed out for support under the Ongoing Reviewable Resourcing Schemes (ORRS).

    Author(s): Nicole Brown, Kate Averill, Anne Dowden, Teresa Taylor, Karen Mitchelmore, Research New Zealand.

    Date Published: June 2006

  • Enhanced Programme Fund evaluation 2005

    Enhanced Programme Funding (EPF) is designed to target resources to schools that attract a disproportionate number of moderate special education needs.

    Author(s): Gray Matter Research Limited.

    Date Published: June 2006

  • The Effectiveness of EarlyBird

    These reports present both the final report for the evaluation of the outcomes of the EarlyBird Programme in New Zealand on behalf of the Ministry of Education and the Summary Report commissioned by the Ministries of Education and Health.

    These reports evaluate this early intervention programme for parents of children with autism spectrum disorders. Part of the development and implementation plan for the EarlyBird programme in New Zealand was a commitment to ongoing evaluation of the outcomes of this programme, and specifically to establish whether any gains for participants are maintained over time.

    Author(s): Angelika Anderson, Christin Birkin, Fred Seymour and Denis Moore, Auckland UniServices Limited, University of Auckland and Janet Rivers, New Zealand Council for Educational Research.

    Date Published: August 2005

  • Lets Talk Special Education

    Information about on-going work to facilitate a more collaborative approach to special education, and to local service planning and provision.

    Author(s): Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: March 2005

  • Māori perspectives of Autistic Spectrum Disorder

    The purpose of this study was to investigate Māori perspectives of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Parents and whanau of 19 Māori children with ASD shared stories of raising their children.

    Author(s): Jill Bevan-Brown, Department of Learning and Teaching, Massey University College of Education.

    Date Published: December 2004



    Category: English Medium

  • Evaluation: Introductory Professional Development Programme for Teacher Aides/Kaiāwhina:

    Supporting teachers of Students with Special Education Needs

    This report presents findings of an evaluation of the nationwide Introductory Professional Development Programme for teacher aides/kaiāwhina working with students with special educational needs, funded by the Ministry of Education. The evaluation began in 2001, during the development of the programme, through to 2002 when the programme was implemented. The aim of the evaluation was to help provide a clearer picture of how the programme was delivered, what its impact was, and ways to improve this kind of professional development in the future.

    Author(s): Marie Cameron, Linda Sinclair, Pauline Waiti and Cathy Wylie, New Zealand Council for Educational Research.

    Date Published: October 2004

  • Curriculum policy and special education report

    The purpose of this report was to assess how well national curriculum policy in New Zealand articulates learning outcomes for students who have special education needs. The report reviews national and international literature relating to curriculum policy and special education. The project also included interviews with five schools that support students with special education needs.

    Author(s): Trish McMenamin, Ruth Millar, Missy Morton, Carol Mutch, Joce Nuttal and Gaye Tyler-Merrick, Research Team, School of Professional Development, Christchurch College of Education.

    Date Published: 25 March 2004

  • EEPSE Pilot study findings

    Auckland Uniservices and Poutama Pounamu were contracted to undertake the Enhancing Effective Practice in Special Education Pilot study in the school and Kura Kaupapa Māori settings respectively. The Pilot study tested a range of research methodologies and gathered indicators of effectiveness.

    Author(s): Dr Patricia O'Brien, Auckland UniServices Limited and Mere Berryman, Poutama Pounamu.

    Date Published: 2004

  • Resource Teachers: Learning and behaviour: Data on the schools and students they worked with In 2001 (Annual Report 2001)

    The Resource Teacher: Learning and Behaviour (RTLB) service began in 1999 to assist schools and teachers to achieve the best learning outcomes for their students who have moderate special education needs. RTLB complete an Annual Report at the end of each year which asks for information about the schools and students they worked with during the year and the nature of their work. The following article details the results from the 2001 Annual Reports and provides an overview of the work undertaken by RTLB during that year.

    Author(s): Research and Evaluation Unit, Ministry of Education

    Date Published: March 2003

  • Church Report: The definition, diagnosis and treatment of children and youth with severe behaviour difficulties

    This report is a review of the research into the development and treatment of severe behaviour difficulties in children and adolescents. The review was commissioned by the Ministry of Education, and was produced by John Church and team from the Education Department at the University of Canterbury.

    Author(s): John Church and Education Department Team, University of Canterbury.

    Date Published: 2003

  • An evaluation of some programmes for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder in Auckland: Opportunities, contingencies, and illusions

    This research evaluates three educational programmes in the Auckland area for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The programmes evaluated were Autism Action Precision Teaching Centre (AAPTC) programme, intensive Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) home-based programmes, and mainstream pre-school and school education. The report describes each service, their cost and how effective the programmes were in providing education for children with ASD ending with recommendations and conclusions regarding educational programmes for children with ASD.

    Author(s): Rebecca Godfrey, Dennis Moore, Claire Fletcher-Flinn and Angelika Anderson, Auckland UniServices Limited, University of Auckland.

    Date Published: July 2002

  • Special Education 2000: Evaluation and monitoring

    In October 1998, a team from Massey University was contracted by the Ministry of Education to provide independent evaluation and monitoring of Special Education 2000 (SE2000) over a three year period. This page provides links to the final research reports.

    Author(s): College of Education and Department of Teaching and Learning, Massey University.

    Date Published: 2002

  • Summary Report: Integrated effective service provision for children and young people with physical disabilities: Scoping Project

    This is a summary of the first stage of a research programme on effective services for students with disabilities, commissioned by the Ministry of Education's Advisory Reference Group for Students with Physical Disabilities. The summary covers the key themes from the report on the scoping project - Integrated and effective service provision for children and young people with physical disabilities - and outlines a plan for the next phase of the research.

    Author(s): Trevor McDonald and Pat Caswell, School of Education, University of Otago.

    Date Published: August 2001

  • Integrated effective service provision for children and young people with physical disabilities

    This is the full report of the first stage of a research programme on effective services for students with disabilities, commissioned by the Ministry of Education convened Advisory Reference Group for Students with Physical Disabilities. The report on the scoping project report covers integrated and effective service provision for children and young people with physical disabilities, and outlines a proposal for the next phase of the research.

    Author(s): Trevor McDonald and Pat Caswell, School of Education, University of Otago; Merrolee Penman, School of Occupational Therapy, Otago Polytechnic.

    Date Published: August 2001

  • Wylie Review of Special Education 2000: Picking up the pieces

    Early in 2000, the Government asked Dr Cathy Wylie, who is an educationalist and a researcher, to undertake a review of aspects of special education policy, SE2000. The review involved extensive consultation with schools, parents, other educators, disability organisations and providers. More than 1,000 submissions were received and Dr Wylie's review was released in August 2000.

    Author(s): Dr Cathy Wylie

    Date Published: August 2000

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