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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

Waterworth, K., Nicholls, D. A., Burrows, L., & Gaffney, M. (2021). Physiotherapy for children and the construction of the disabled child. In D. A. Nicholls, K. S. Groven, E. A. Kinsella & R. L. Anjum (Eds.), Mobilizing knowledge in physiotherapy: Critical reflections on foundations and practices. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Gaffney, M. (2020). Kia ora from Aotearoa New Zealand. Children Australia, 45(2), 71-73. doi: 10.1017/cha.2020.31

McAnelly, K., & Gaffney, M. (2020). Producing an understanding of autistic tamariki in early childhood settings: The case for a new materialist approach. In A. C. Gunn, N. Surtees, D. Gordon-Burns & K. Purdue (Eds.), Te aotūroa tātaki: Inclusive early childhood education: Perspectives on inclusion, social justice and equity from Aotearoa New Zealand. (2nd ed.) (pp. 109-125). Wellington, New Zealand: NZCER Press.

Gaffney, M. (2020). Peer reciprocity and friendship in the classroom: A disabled student's experience. Ethnography & Education, 15(4), 462-478. doi: 10.1080/17457823.2019.1698308

McAnelly, K., & Gaffney, M. (2019). Tūranga mo ngā mokopuna: A framework for realising children's rights to inclusive early childhood education. Te Hā o te Takata: Proceedings of the New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE) Conference. MCA19041. Retrieved from http://www.eenz.com/nzare19/

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.

Authored Book - Research

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.

Authored Book - Research

Waterworth, K., Nicholls, D. A., Burrows, L., & Gaffney, M. (2021). Physiotherapy for children and the construction of the disabled child. In D. A. Nicholls, K. S. Groven, E. A. Kinsella & R. L. Anjum (Eds.), Mobilizing knowledge in physiotherapy: Critical reflections on foundations and practices. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Chapter in Book - Research

McAnelly, K., & Gaffney, M. (2020). Producing an understanding of autistic tamariki in early childhood settings: The case for a new materialist approach. In A. C. Gunn, N. Surtees, D. Gordon-Burns & K. Purdue (Eds.), Te aotūroa tātaki: Inclusive early childhood education: Perspectives on inclusion, social justice and equity from Aotearoa New Zealand. (2nd ed.) (pp. 109-125). Wellington, New Zealand: NZCER Press.

Chapter in Book - Research

Gaffney, M., & McAnelly, K. (2019). The Aotearoa New Zealand curriculum Te Whāriki as a basis for developing dispositions of inclusion: Early childhood student teachers partnering with families as part of their pedagogical practice. In B. M. Rice (Ed.), Global perspectives on inclusive teacher education. (pp. 181-195). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi: 10.4018/978-1-5225-7703-4.ch011

Chapter in Book - Research

MacArthur, J., McLaughlan, T., & Gaffney, M. (2019). Special education needs and disabilities in early childhood education (New Zealand). In C. Mutch (Ed.), Bloomsbury education and childhood studies. London, UK: Bloomsbury Academic. doi: 10.5040/9781350996298.0008

Chapter in Book - Research

McAnelly, K., & Gaffney, M. (2019). Achieving citizenship for all: Theorising active participation for disabled children and their families in early childhood education. In A. Guerin & T. McMenamin (Eds.), Belonging: Rethinking inclusive practices to support well-being and identity. (pp. 56-72). Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill. doi: 10.1163/9789004388420_005

Chapter in Book - Research

Gaffney, M., & Munro, J. (2012). Young people's participation in service evaluation. In J. Fleming & T. Boeck (Eds.), Involving children and young people in health and social care research. (pp. 138-148). Abingdon, UK: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9780203116319

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

Gaffney, M. (2020). Peer reciprocity and friendship in the classroom: A disabled student's experience. Ethnography & Education, 15(4), 462-478. doi: 10.1080/17457823.2019.1698308

Journal - Research Article

Gaches, S., & Gaffney, M. (2019). Children's rights and the draft Strategic Plan for Early Learning: Where are the children? Early Childhood Folio, 23(1), 22-27. doi: 10.18296/ecf.0064

Journal - Research Article

McAnelly, K., & Gaffney, M. (2019). Rights, inclusion and citizenship: A good news story about learning in the early years. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 23(10), 1081-1094. doi: 10.1080/13603116.2019.1629123

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

Journal - Research Article

McAnelly, K., & Gaffney, M. (2017). He waka eke noa: A case study of active participation for a disabled child in an inclusive early childhood community of practice. Early Childhood Folio, 21(1), 16-21. doi: 10.18296/ecf.0031

Journal - Research Article

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.

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

Gaffney, M., Munro, J., with Inns, B., Morgan-Hudson, D., Kennedy, K., Nyman, L., & Buckley, M. (2013). Young people's participation in service evaluation. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 25(4), 62-70.

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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.

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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.

Journal - Research Article

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.

Journal - Research Article

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.

Journal - Research Article

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.

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

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.

Journal - Research Article

Gaffney, M. (2020). Kia ora from Aotearoa New Zealand. Children Australia, 45(2), 71-73. doi: 10.1017/cha.2020.31

Journal - Research Other

Gaffney, M., & White, E. J. (2018). Video activism as political advocacy for social justice: The legacy of professor Anne Smith in education. Video Journal of Education & Pedagogy, 3, 5. doi: 10.1186/s40990-018-0017-z

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.

Journal - Research Other

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

Journal - Research Other

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.

Journal - Research Other

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

Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

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.

Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

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]

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Gaffney, M. (2019). Do our accountability systems allow for children's views to be heard in decisions that affect them? Proceedings of the 29th European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA) Annual Conference: Early Years: Making it Count. (pp. 227). Retrieved from https://www.eecera2019.org/

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

McAnelly, K., & Gaffney, M. (2019). Tūranga mo ngā mokopuna: A framework for realising children's rights to inclusive early childhood education. Te Hā o te Takata: Proceedings of the New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE) Conference. MCA19041. Retrieved from http://www.eenz.com/nzare19/

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Gaffney, M. (2018). "Learning in the middle": An ecology of classroom engagement. Proceedings of the European Conference on Educational Research (ECER): Inclusion and exclusion, resources for educational research? Retrieved from https://eera-ecer.de/ecer-programmes

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Gaffney, M. (2018). How does pedagogy support parental learning alongside that of children and teachers? Proceedings of the 28th European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA) Annual Conference: Early Childhood Education, Families and Communities. (pp. 93). Retrieved from https://www.eecera.org

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

McAnelly, K., & Gaffney, M. (2018). Are we there yet? On the road to inclusion in Aotearoa New Zealand. Proceedings of the New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE) Conference. (pp. 90). Retrieved from http://www.nzareconference.org.nz

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Waterworth, K., Nicholls, D., Burrows, L., & Gaffney, M. (2018). The construction of the disabled 'other' child in Aotearoa New Zealand. Proceedings of the In Sickness & In Health (ISIH) 7th International Conference: Technologies, bodies and health care. (pp. 58). Retrieved from https://isihconference.com/

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Waterworth, K., Nicholls, D., Burrows, L., & Gaffney, M. (2018). Working a way out of the confines of conventional qualitative research approaches: Developing postqualitative methods to rethink autonomy for disabled children. Proceedings of the In Sickness & In Health (ISIH) 7th International Conference: Technologies, bodies and health care. (pp. 59). Retrieved from https://isihconference.com/

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

McAnelly, K., & Gaffney, M. (2017). This is you, this is me, this is us: Children's identity work in early childhood education. Proceedings of the New Zealand for Research in Education (NZARE) Conference. (pp. 105). Retrieved from https://forumpoint2.eventsair.com/QuickEventWebsitePortal/nzare2017/info

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Waterworth, K., Nicholls, D., Burrows, L., & Gaffney, M. (2017). The 'normal child' in rehabilitation practices in Aotearoa New Zealand. Proceedings of the New Zealand Rehabilitation Conference: Making an Impact: Putting Knowledge to Work in Rehabilitation. Retrieved from http://www.nzrehabconference2017.co.nz/

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

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