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Dr Gill Rutherford

Dr Gill RutherfordSenior Lecturer
BA (Victoria) MEd(Alberta) DipTchg PhD (Otago)

Dunedin Campus
Tel 64 3 479 3804
Email gill.rutherford@otago.ac.nz

Biography

I have had the privilege of knowing and working with disabled children and adults over the last thirty years. A former high school teacher, my work as a tertiary educator since 1995 has focused on inclusive education within teacher education programmes, and on teacher aide education. In 2008, I completed my PhD, Different ways of knowing? Understanding disabled students’ and teacher aides’ school experiences within a context of relational social justice.

  • 2014 Otago University Students’ Association Teaching Excellence Award: Most Inclusive Teacher
  • 2013 Otago University Students’ Association Teaching Excellence Award: Most Inclusive Teacher
  • 2012 Otago University Students’ Association Teaching Excellence Award: Most Inclusive Teacher
  • 2011 Otago University Students’ Association Teaching Excellence Award: Top Ten Teacher & Otago University Students’ Association Teaching Excellence Award: Most Inclusive Teacher
  • 2010 Otago University Students’ Association Teaching Excellence Award: Most Inclusive Teacher
  • 2009 Otago University Students’ Association Teaching Award nominee

Teaching Area

  • Inclusive Education
  • Disability Studies
  • Teacher Aide Education

Research Interests

  • Inclusive Education
  • Disability Studies
  • Disabled students’ experiences of school
  • Teacher aides’ role in education
  • Inclusive teacher education

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Publications

Rutherford, G. (2012). In, out or somewhere in between? Disabled students' and teacher aides' experiences of school. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 16(8), 757-774. doi: 10.1080/13603116.2010.509818

Rutherford, G. (2011). ″Doing right by″: teacher aides, students with disabilities, and relational social justice. Harvard Educational Review, 81(1), 95-118.

Rutherford, G. (2014). Questions of value(s): Neoliberal educational reforms from the perspectives of disabled students and teacher aides. In R. Wills, M. Morton, M. McLean, M. Stephenson & R. Slee (Eds.), Tales from school: Learning disability and state education after administrative reform. (pp. 239-254). Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense. doi: 10.1007/978-94-6209-893-0_21

MacArthur, J., & Rutherford, G. (2014, November). Working at the nexus of disability studies and childhood studies to think differently about 'special education' and 'special needs' in teacher education. Verbal presentation at the 1st New Zealand Childhood Studies Colloquium, Auckland, New Zealand.

Rutherford, G. (2011). "It depends on the teacher": Teachers' (mis)understandings of disabled students and the role of the teacher aide. 11th Nordic Network on Disability Research (NNDR) Conference. (pp. 149). Retrieved from http://www.yourhost.is/nndr2011/abstracts.html

Chapter in Book - Research

Rutherford, G., with Collins-McKenzie, L., McLeod, A., Ross, C., & Williams, A. (2016). 'Just use your imagination': A teacher educator’s explorations of assessment. In D. Bland (Ed.), Imagination for inclusion: Diverse contexts of educational practice. (pp. 57-70). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Rutherford, G., Hale, L., & Powell, D. (2015). 'We put in a few ramps in here and there, that's about it': The need to ramp our minds in academia. In T. Corcoran, J. White & B. Whitburn (Eds.), Disability studies: Educating for inclusion. (pp. 137-153). Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense. doi: 10.1007/978-94-6300-199-1_9

Rutherford, G. (2014). Questions of value(s): Neoliberal educational reforms from the perspectives of disabled students and teacher aides. In R. Wills, M. Morton, M. McLean, M. Stephenson & R. Slee (Eds.), Tales from school: Learning disability and state education after administrative reform. (pp. 239-254). Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense. doi: 10.1007/978-94-6209-893-0_21

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Journal - Research Article

Rutherford, G. (2016). Questioning special needs-ism: Supporting student teachers in troubling and transforming understandings of human worth. Teaching & Teacher Education, 56, 127-137. doi: 10.1016/j.tate.2016.02.009

Rutherford, G. (2012). In, out or somewhere in between? Disabled students' and teacher aides' experiences of school. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 16(8), 757-774. doi: 10.1080/13603116.2010.509818

Rutherford, G. (2011). ″Doing right by″: teacher aides, students with disabilities, and relational social justice. Harvard Educational Review, 81(1), 95-118.

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Rutherford, G. (2011). "It depends on the teacher": Teachers' (mis)understandings of disabled students and the role of the teacher aide. 11th Nordic Network on Disability Research (NNDR) Conference. (pp. 149). Retrieved from http://www.yourhost.is/nndr2011/abstracts.html

Rutherford, G., and 3rd year teacher education students. (2011). It was a standout assignment (not just to get the tick): Student teachers’ thoughts on a disability-related project [Panel discussion]. In K. Shephard, T. Harland & A. Cohen (Eds.), Proceedings of the Spotlight on Teaching and Learning Colloquium. (pp. 34). Dunedin, New Zealand: HEDC, University of Otago. [Abstract]

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

MacArthur, J., & Rutherford, G. (2014, November). Working at the nexus of disability studies and childhood studies to think differently about 'special education' and 'special needs' in teacher education. Verbal presentation at the 1st New Zealand Childhood Studies Colloquium, Auckland, New Zealand.

Rutherford, G., Melrose, S., Moore, A., O'Leary, B., Patten, L., & Undy, T. (2011, November). Understanding school from students' perspectives. Verbal presentation at the Disability Studies Inaugural Conference: Every Body In, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Rutherford, G. (2010, February). Different ways of knowing? Verbal presentation at the Disability Colloquium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Rutherford, G. (2010, August). 'I wasn't trained to teach kids like that': Why disability studies needs to become an integral part of teacher education. Verbal presentation at the Otago Disability Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Rutherford, G. (2010, November-December). Doing right by: Teacher aides, disabled students, and relational social justice. Verbal presentation at the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference: Making a Difference, Melbourne, Australia.

Rutherford, G. (2010, October). ″I loved this assignment!″ Student teachers' thoughts about learning through understanding and telling stories. Verbal presentation at the Teacher Education Forum of Aotearoa New Zealand (TEFANZ) Biennial National Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.

Rutherford, G. (2009, September). Just a teacher aide? Part of the problem or part of the solution to educational inequities? Verbal presentation at the Making Inclusive Education Happen Conference: Ideas for Sustainable Change, Wellington, New Zealand.

Rutherford, G. (2008, August). “Yeah, he's just like you.” The role of teacher aides in supporting children's understandings of and relationships with one another. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand-Japan Joint Workshop on Social Support for Developmental Disabilities, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Rutherford, G. (2008, November). Getting a fair deal? Disabled students' and teacher aides recommendations for educational change that makes a difference for all students. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Association for Research in Education National Conference, Palmerston North, New Zealand.

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Other Research Output

Melrose, S., Bissenden, M. & Rutherford, G. (2010, 17 October). Inclusive educators. Radio New Zealand National Programme, One in Five. [Radio Broadcast].

Rutherford, G. (2010, May). Just a teacher aide? Understanding the importance of teacher aides' work with disabled students. University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Public Lecture].

Rutherford, G. (2009, April). Getting a fair deal? Understanding the school experiences of disabled students and teacher aides within a context of relational social justice. Department Presentation, College of Education, University of Otago. Dunedin, New Zealand. [Research Presentation].

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