The Inclusive Education and Community SIG was launched at the AGM on 3 December 2014.
The purpose of the Inclusive Education and Community Special Interest Group is to further the agenda of equity in education through research, collaboration and practice. The Inclusive Education and Community SIG provide opportunities for NZARE members working in the area to come together as an active network of researchers, students, policymakers and practitioners to engage in critical discussions about any aspect of inclusive communities and the social and educational opportunities available to all. Specifically, the SIG aims to:
- Provide a forum for networking in the area of Inclusive Education and Community
- Strengthen educational research in the area of Inclusive Education and Community
- Create formal links with relevant SIGS internationally working in the area of Inclusive Education and Community
- Support senior educational research students in the area of Inclusive Education and Community
- Promote seminars and workshops on topical issues in the area of Inclusive Education and Community
If you have any suggestions for collaborative research, activities, or events that you feel this SIG could look at then please contact us. We also intend to put up a membership list of this SIG. This could prove useful for future research collaborations or Thesis examiners.
Kate McAnelly is an early childhood teacher and PhD candidate at the University of Otago College of Education in Dunedin. Her thesis is investigating sensory environments in early childhood settings, and how these produce the active participation and learning of autistic children. Her research interests are grounded in equitable inclusive education for all children, with a particular focus on disability, families and early childhood education. contact
Michael Gaffney is a member of the early childhood team at the University of Otago College of Education in Dunedin. His work in ece crosses over with his interest in inclusion, disability studies, childhood studies and more recently community development. His research experiences are cross-disciplinary as a result of spending 15 years at the Children's Issues Centre. His emerging interests are in parental learning and support. contact
If you want to join this SIG contact the Executive Officer for more information