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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

Publications

Rutherford, G. (2023). Teacher education: Doing justice to UNCRPD Article 24? International Journal of Inclusive Education, 27(10), 1133-1147. doi: 10.1080/13603116.2021.1882054

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., 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. (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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