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Dr Michael Gaffney

Michael GaffneyLecturer
PhD, MA, MEd, BA, Dip Tchg

Dunedin Campus
Tel 64 3 479 4214
Email michael.gaffney@otago.ac.nz

Biography

I am a Lecturer in the Early Childhood Education Programme. My research interests are quite broad as a result of working at the Childrenʻs Issues Centre, University of Otago from 1995-2010 as a researcher and lecturer. During this time I was involved in the development and teaching of the Post Graduate Diploma of Child Advocacy and supervising students in the Masters of Childhood and Youth Studies programme.
My current research interests often take me into evaluation studies of social and education service providers. I am particularly interested in how people learn to be parents and how communities, including early childhood settings, can support them. I am involved in a couple of Ministry of Social Development activities locally – Strengthening Families http://www.strengtheningfamilies.govt.nz and Community Response Forums https://www.communityresponse.org.nz

Research Interests

  • Childhood Studies: Children and Young People's views of their experiences
  • Disability Studies and inclusion
  • Socio-Cultural theory and Communities of Practice
  • Social and Educational Evaluation

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Publications

Boon, B., Greatbanks, R., Munro, J., & Gaffney, M. (2017). Service delivery under translation: Multi-stakeholder accountability in the non-profit community sector in New Zealand. Health & Social Care in the Community, 25(2), 402-413. doi: 10.1111/hsc.12319

Drummond, B. K., Gaffney, M., & Marshall, K. (2016). And investigation of the views of parents in Otago on dental care for primary school-aged children by the Community Oral Health Service prior to the introduction of the hub-based clinic system. New Zealand Dental Journal, 112(4), 108-115.

Robertson, L., Andrew, A., & Gaffney, M. (2016). The value of oral assessment (viva) to determine student clinical reasoning competency and coursework integration. Proceedings of the Tertiary Education Research in New Zealand (TERNZ) Conference. Retrieved from http://herdsa.org.nz/ternz/2016

Gaffney, M. (2016, August). Lets talk research: Have you been thinking about a project? Verbal presentation at the University of Otago College of Education (UOCE) Annual Early Childhood Research Hui, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Gaffney, M. (2015, October). How voice and agency transforms and is transformed within the classroom. Verbal presentation at the 2nd Aotearoa New Zealand Childhood Studies Colloquium: What Does Childhood Studies Mean for Research, Policy and Practice? Dunedin, New Zealand.

Authored Book - Research

MacArthur, J., & Gaffney, M. (2001). Bullied and Teased or Just Another Kid? The Social Experience of Students with Disabilities at School. Wellington: New Zealand Council for Educational Research, 116p.

Taylor, N. J., Gollop, M. M., Tapp, P., Gaffney, J. M. D., Smith, A. B., & Henaghan, R. M. (2000). Children's Rights in New Zealand Family Law Judgments: Research Report. Dunedin: Children's Issues Centre, University of Otago, 135p.

Smith, A. B., Taylor, N. J., Gollop, M. M., Gold, M., Gaffney, J. M. D., & Henaghan, R. M. (1997). Access and Other Post-Separation Issues: A Qualitative Study of Children's, Parents' and Lawyers' Views: Research Report. Dunedin: Children's Issues Centre, University of Otago, 114p.

Smith, A., & Gaffney, M. (1996). An Evaluation of Early Childhood Professional Development Programs: Research Report to the Ministry of Education. Dunedin: Children's Issues Centre, University of Otago, 122p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Duncan, J., Darker, D., McLean, T., Parata, B., Preedy, K., & Gaffney, M. (2009). What counts as support for families? In A. Meade (Ed.), Generating waves: Innovation in early childhood education. (pp. 31-38). Wellington, New Zealand: NZCER Press.

Gaffney, M. (2009). Drawing threads together: The development of early childhood education in New Zealand. In R. M. Clifford & G. M. Crawford (Eds.), Beginning school: U.S. policies in international perspective. (pp. 83-94). New York: Teachers College Press.

Gaffney, M., Taylor, N., & Atwool, N. (2008). New Zealand. In I. Epstein & J. Pattnaik (Eds.), The Greenwood encyclopedia of children's issues worldwide: Asia and Oceania. (pp. 301-323). Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.

Gaffney, J. M. D., & Smith, A. B. (2001). An evaluation of New Zealand's targeted individual entitlement scheme. In C. R. Hepburn (Ed.), Can the Market Save our Schools? (pp. 151-166). Vancouver, Canada: Fraser Institute.

Holton, D., & Gaffney, M. (1996). Teaching talented students. In J. N. Neyland (Ed.), Mathematics Education: A Handbook for Teachers. (pp. 397-409). Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers in Mathematics.

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Journal - Research Article

Boon, B., Greatbanks, R., Munro, J., & Gaffney, M. (2017). Service delivery under translation: Multi-stakeholder accountability in the non-profit community sector in New Zealand. Health & Social Care in the Community, 25(2), 402-413. doi: 10.1111/hsc.12319

Drummond, B. K., Gaffney, M., & Marshall, K. (2016). And investigation of the views of parents in Otago on dental care for primary school-aged children by the Community Oral Health Service prior to the introduction of the hub-based clinic system. New Zealand Dental Journal, 112(4), 108-115.

Gaffney, M. (2014). Calling forth disability in the classroom. Disability & Society, 29(3), 359-372. doi: 10.1080/09687599.2013.816627

Gaffney, M. (2009). Young carers: The challenges of identifying a 'hidden' group of children. Childrenz Issues, 13(1), 50-55.

Gaffney, M. (2008). Participatory action research: An overview: What makes it tick? Kairaranga, 9(Spec. ed), 9-15.

Macarthur, J., Sharp, S., Kelly, B., & Gaffney, M. (2007). Disabled children negotiating school life: Agency, difference and teaching practice. International Journal of Children's Rights, 15, 99-120. doi: 10.1163/092755607X181720

Smith, A. B., Gaffney, M., & Nairn, K. (2004). Health rights in secondary schools: Student and staff perspectives. Health Education Research, 19(1), 85-97. Oxford University Press.

Smith, A. B., Nairn, K., & Gaffney, M. (2004). Secondary students' involvement in recreational activities at school. Childrenz Issues, 8(1), 29-34.

Gaffney, M., McCormack, J., Higgens, N., & Taylor, N. (2004). Improving school culture: What we learnt from three primary schools. Kairaranga, 5(2), 36-43.

Smith, A. B., Nairn, K., Taylor, N. J., & Gaffney, J. M. D. (2003). Staff and student perspectives on children's rights in New Zealand secondary schools. Childrenz Issues, 7(1), 9-16.

Gaffney, J. M. D. (2002). Research as a journey: The new researcher as a first-time traveller. New Zealand Research in Early Childhood Education, 5, 1-11.

Gaffney, J. M. D., & Smith, A. B. (2001). Future directions for early childhood research in New Zealand. Research in Early Childhood Education, 4, 189-204.

Henaghan, R. M., Taylor, N. J., Smith, A. B., Gollop, M. M., Gaffney, J. M. D., & Gold, M. (1998). Children's views on their parents' separation. Butterworths Family Law Journal, 2(11), 277-285.

Gaffney, M. (1997). Education at a distance: so what's happening at the other end? Computers in New Zealand Schools, 9(1), 8-12.

Gaffney, M., Trewern, A., & Hills, P. (1996). A pilot study of students video-conferencing across the internet with CU-Seeme. Computers in New Zealand Schools, 8(3), 19-24.

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Journal - Research Other

Bourke, R., & Gaffney, M. (2008). Raising your sights beyond your immediate understandings: An interview with Emeritus Professor Keith Ballard. Kairaranga, 9(2), 3-8.

Gaffney, M. (2006). [Review of the book Assessment in early childhood education: Keeping it complex, keeping it connected, keeping it credible]. Kairaranga, 7(2), 45-46.

Gaffney, M. (2006). [Review of the book Allies in emancipation: Shifting from providing service to being of support]. Kairaranga, 7(1), 53-54.

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Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

Gaffney, M. (2001). Editorial. Childrenz Issues, 5(2), 3-4.

Gollop, M. M., Taylor, N. J., Smith, A. B., Gaffney, J. M. D., Gold, M., & Henaghan, R. M. (1997). Facilitating access: children's and lawyers' perspectives. LawTalk, 490, 28-30.

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Smith, A. B., Gollop, M. M., Taylor, N. J., Gaffney, J. M. D., Gold, M., & Henaghan, R. M. (1998). Access and other post-separation issues: a qualitative study of children's, parents' and lawyers' perspectives (abbreviated). Enhancing Children's Potential: Minimising the Risk & Maximising the Resiliency: Proceedings of the Children's Issues Centre: Second Child and Family Policy Conference. (pp. 251-297). Dunedin: Children's Issues Centre. [Full Paper]

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Robertson, L., Andrew, A., & Gaffney, M. (2016). The value of oral assessment (viva) to determine student clinical reasoning competency and coursework integration. Proceedings of the Tertiary Education Research in New Zealand (TERNZ) Conference. Retrieved from http://herdsa.org.nz/ternz/2016

Gaffney, M. (2006). Placing rights in a socio cultural framework: The teachers role as a child advocate. Proceedings of the Centre for Equity and Innovation in Early Childhood Annual International Early Childhood Conference. CEIEC. Retrieved from http://www.edfac.unimelb.edu.au/ceiec/conferences/conf2006/presenters.html

Smith, A. B., & Gaffney, M. (1997). School choice schemes: vouchers and the assisted places scheme. New Zealand Association for Research in Education Conference. Auckland. [Abstract]

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Gaffney, M. (2016, August). Lets talk research: Have you been thinking about a project? Verbal presentation at the University of Otago College of Education (UOCE) Annual Early Childhood Research Hui, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Gaffney, M. (2015, October). How voice and agency transforms and is transformed within the classroom. Verbal presentation at the 2nd Aotearoa New Zealand Childhood Studies Colloquium: What Does Childhood Studies Mean for Research, Policy and Practice? Dunedin, New Zealand.

Thomas, N., Ergler, C., Gaffney, M., & Te One, S. (2015, October). Childhood studies and children's rights: Future directions in research, policy and practice? Panel discussion at the 2nd Aotearoa New Zealand Childhood Studies Colloquium: What Does Childhood Studies Mean for Research, Policy and Practice? Dunedin, New Zealand.

Gaffney, M., & Healey, D. (2012, August). Conversations, connections, community: Belonging is important for parents and whanau too. Verbal presentation at the ECE Research Hui, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Aitken, M., & Gaffney, M. (2011, November). School was pretty good and why not? A student with learning difficulties shares some classroom experiences. Verbal presentation at the Disability Studies Inaugural Conference: Every Body In, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Gaffney, M. (2010, August). Disabling participation or participating in disability? Notions of student engagement in school life. Verbal presentation at the Otago Disability Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Gaffney, M. (2010, December). Playgroups: Thinking about parents and children together. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE) Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.

Gaffney, M. (2010, July). Playgroups: Thinking about parents and children together. Verbal presentation at the ECE Research Hui, Dunedin, New Zealand.

King, J., Thomson, K., Thompson, N., Brown, F., Redmond, R., Parata, B., Preedy, K., … Gaffney, M., & Duncan, J. (2007, August). What counts as support for families. Verbal presentation at the ECE Research Hui, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Gaffney, M., Duncan, J., Preedy, K., Parata, B., & Darker, D. (2007, September). Citizens Preschool and Nursery: Centre of Innovation Dunedin. Verbal presentation at the Early Childhood Convention, Rotorua, New Zealand.

Gaffney, M., MacArthur, J., Sharp, S., & Kelly, B. (2006, December). ″I'm not special″: Understanding learning identities in the classroom. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Association for Research in Education National Conference, Rotorua, New Zealand.

Macarthur, J., Sharp, S., Kelly, B., & Gaffney, M. (2006, February). Disabled children negotiating school life: Agency, difference, teaching practice, and education policy. Verbal presentation at the Children and Young People as Social Actors Research Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Duncan, J. M., Gaffney, M., & Citizens Preschool & Nursery. (2005, August). The journey so far... Verbal presentation at the Early Childhood Research Hui, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Elliot, G., Gaffney, M., & Layland, J. (2005, November). Spreading the ILL(ness). Verbal presentation at the Australian and New Zealand Institute for Information Literacy: Symposium 5, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Gaffney, M. (2005, July). Who are young carers? Verbal presentation at the 6th Child and Family Policy Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand.

MacArthur, J., Kelly, B., Sharp, S., & Gaffney, M. (2005, July). Participation or exclusion? Disabled children's experiences of life at school. Verbal presentation at the 6th Child and Family Policy Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand.

MacArthur, J., Sharp, S., Gaffney, M., & Kelly, B. (2005, December). ″I'm not really, really, really disabled...I'm just a person″: Students' school experiences and their impact on identity. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Association for Research in Education National Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand.

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