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ERIC Number: ED350089
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 48
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Sixth Grade Students' Opinions and Perceptions of Team Teaching: Addressing the Criticisms.
Ramey, Cynthia Anne
This study examined whether 81 sixth grade students from various socioeconomic and racial backgrounds perceived any disadvantages in being taught by a team of teachers rather than by a single teacher in a self-contained classroom. Critics of team teaching assert that a self-contained classroom provides more stability, security, structure, and individualized instruction than does team teaching. Proponents of team teaching argue that the practice improves faculty morale and allows better integration of subjects than does teaching in a self-contained classroom. Students who were being taught by a team of teachers completed a survey measuring the amount of comfort they felt when being taught by a team rather than in a self-contained classroom. Students also wrote opinion papers explaining which teaching model they preferred and why. The results indicated that while some students experienced problems with team teaching, most preferred to be taught by a team rather than one teacher, for two overriding reasons: because it gave them more opportunity to interact with others and because it reduced boredom. It is recommended that schools consider student input when planning teaching practices. Three appendixes include a description of the teaching teams in the study, a copy of the students' survey, and a tabulation of survey results. Contains 17 references. (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Virginia