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ERIC Number: ED417901
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
Pages: 8
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It Takes Two: Co-Teaching for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students in Rural Schools.
Compton, Mary V.; Stratton, Angie; Maier, Ali; Meyers, Charice; Scott, Holly; Tomlinson, Tammy
As the adoption of inclusive practices moves growing numbers of deaf and hard-of-hearing students into the regular classroom, rural schools are challenged by the low incidence of hearing impairments and the need for collaboration between regular and special educators. An innovative solution that incorporates professional and interpersonal collaboration is co-teaching. Potential benefits of co-teaching are summarized, and five forms of co-teaching are briefly described. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro offers a program to prepare rural licensed teachers in the area of hearing impairment. As part of their course of study, students complete a course in collaboration and co-teaching and apply this knowledge during 15 weeks of student teaching in rural schools. All of the five forms of co-teaching have been implemented at various student teaching sites. Cooperating teachers had generally positive comments that emphasized the benefits of co-teaching: increased reinforcement and feedback for hearing-impaired students, greater attention to individual student needs, increased collegiality, the expertise provided by student teachers' training in hearing impairments, and increased reflection by cooperating teachers on their own methods and teaching styles. Negative aspects included problems with cooperative planning and with classroom control. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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