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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

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., & 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

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

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

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

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

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., & 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gaffney, M. (2019). Peer reciprocity and friendship in the classroom: A disabled student's experience. Ethnography & Education. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/17457823.2019.1698308

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

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., 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.

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

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

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

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/

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/

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

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/

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/

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/

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

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

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