ERIC Number: ED410721
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Cooperative Teaching: Portraits of Possibilities.
Bauwens, Jeanne; Hourcade, Jack
This paper describes the use of cooperative teaching to teach all students in the general education classroom and the three most promising approaches to implementing cooperative teaching: team teaching, supportive learning activities, and complementary instruction. The first method, team teaching, is defined as having the initial presentation of new content shared between two teachers who jointly plan and present the targeted academic subject content to all students. The different types of team teaching are highlighted, including: standard team teaching, smaller groups, part A/part B content, presenter/helper, higher understanding, and follow-up. The paper describes supportive learning activities as having cooperative teaching partners identify, develop, and lead student activities designed to reinforce, enrich, and/or enhance learning. Described strategies include: distinct activities, small group work, diverse group work, debate format, four groups, leapfrog-jigsaw, and three groups/two teachers. Complementary instruction is defined as having one instructor maintain primary responsibility for teaching the specific content matter while the cooperative teaching partner takes responsibility for teaching students the functional skills necessary to acquire the material. Different methods of this technique are provided, including academic survival skills and interviewing. Specific suggestions are made for cooperative teaching arrangements during testing, such as modifications, instant feedback, and peer grading. (CR)
Descriptors: Cooperative Planning, Disabilities, Educational Cooperation, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Inclusive Schools, Mainstreaming, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Small Group Instruction, Student Evaluation, Teacher Collaboration, Teacher Role, Teaching Methods, Team Teaching
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children (75th, Salt Lake City, UT, April 9-13, 1997).