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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

Waterworth, K., Nicholls, D., Burrows, L., & Gaffney, M. (2017, November). The normal child and the other child in rehabilitation practices in Aotearoa New Zealand. Verbal presentation at the 4th Aotearoa New Zealand Childhood Studies Colloquium: Growing Up in Our Democracy: Provision, Participation and Provocation, Wellington, New Zealand.

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

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

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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

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Waterworth, K., Nicholls, D., Burrows, L., & Gaffney, M. (2017, November). The normal child and the other child in rehabilitation practices in Aotearoa New Zealand. Verbal presentation at the 4th Aotearoa New Zealand Childhood Studies Colloquium: Growing Up in Our Democracy: Provision, Participation and Provocation, Wellington, New Zealand.

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Commissioned Report for External Body

Gaffney, M., & Taylor, N. (2013). The strength in our parents: Towards a regional parenting strategy 2013. Commissioned by Our Way Southland. Dunedin, New Zealand: Centre for Research on Children and Families, University of Otago. 32p.

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