Considering Peer Assisted Learning Methods in New Zealand's Special Needs Education Sector

Iyer, Donna (2011) Considering Peer Assisted Learning Methods in New Zealand's Special Needs Education Sector. Journal of Special Education and Rehabilitation, 12 (3-4). pp. 91-101. ISSN 1409-6099

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Abstract

With the cuts to the public spending in the education sector extending to even students with special needs, the early childhood education sector and the public school system in New Zealand are under significant financial pressure. Elsewhere in the world, peer assisted learning methods have been identified as cost effective instruments with proven efficacy in improving the educational and social outcomes of children with disabilities. In New Zealand, peer assisted learning methods have been relatively slow on the uptake. The aim of this paper is to suggest peer assisted learning methods that can be potentially considered and utilised by the New Zealand’s early childhood education sector to support students with special needs. Based on a review of the international literature, peer tutoring and cross-age tutoring methods appear viable options. It is observed that peer assisted learning methods can complement conventional teaching methods.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Depositing User: Prof. Dr. Vladimir Trajkovski
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2015 07:35
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2015 07:35
URI: http://eprints.jser.fon.edu.mk/id/eprint/77

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