R e s e a r c h a n d A d v o c a c y a t t h e N e x u s o f E q u i t y a n d E d u c a t i o n

The research theme of HUMAN RIGHTS aims to investigate how some students and groups of students are denied their rights to, and within education, why this occurs and what can be done to overcome the inequity that these students experience. The research aims to better understand the notion of educational inequity from a rights perspective and to improve educational outcomes for marginalised and excluded learners.

Current Research

The International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health for Children and Youth (ICF-CY) framework described by the World Health Organization (WHO, 2007) offers a way to conceptualize and describe a child or youth’s developing characteristics within his or her surrounding environment, while noting the influence of health, including disabilities, on the child or youth’s functioning and adaptation. Read More

The World Declaration of Education for All and the Dakar Framework for Action have a vision of universalizing access to education for all and promoting equity. Decisions on equitable practices for children are usually made based on an understanding of equity from the perspectives of policy makers and teachers; our understanding of equity from learners’ perspectives is limited. Read More


Kearney, A. (2016). The right to education. What is happening for disabled students in New Zealand. Disability Studies Quarterly,

MacArthur, J. & Rutherford, G. (in press). Success for ALL? Re-envisioning New Zealand Schools and Classrooms as Places Where 'Rights' Replace 'Special'. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies.

Rutherford, G. & MacArthur, J. (in press). What’s wrong with ‘special’? Thinking differently in New Zealand teacher education about disabled children and their lives. In K. Runswick-Cole, T. Curran & K. Liddiard (Eds) Building Understandings: Child, youth, family and disability. UK: Palgrave.

Kearney, A., & Bevan-Brown, J. (2014). Inclusive Education: Addressing the challenge of equity in education. In A. St George, S. Brown, J. O’Neill (Eds.). Facing the big questions in teaching: Purpose, power and learning. Australia (2nd ed.): Cengage Learning Australia Pty Ltd.

Kearney, A. (2013). Barriers to inclusive education: The identification and elimination of exclusion from and within school. In: Centre for Research Excellence in Inclusive Education (Eds). Inclusive Education Perspectives on Professional Practice: Auckland, NZ: Dunmore Publishing.

MacArthur, J. & McKenzie, M. (2013). Ethics in research with children. In N. Higgins & C. Freeman (Eds). Childhoods in Aotearoa/New Zealand, Dunedin, NZ: University of Otago Press.

Kearney, A. (2011). Exclusion from and within the school: Issues and Solutions. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.