ERIC Number: ED428038
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Nov-5
Are Two Instructors Better Than One? Planning, Teaching and Evaluating a Deux.
Davis-Wiley, Patricia; Cozart, Angela Crespo
This paper discusses a study on the efficacy of co-teaching; reviews related literature on the topic of co-teaching at all levels (noting benefits, drawbacks, and necessary elements); presents the results of an open-ended survey conducted with students who were team-taught; and presents the co-teachers' reflections on the experience. The research study involved 62 graduate students pursuing a Masters of Science degree in Education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville during 1998. During the last meeting of each of several team-taught classes, students completed an instrument that asked: (1) how they felt about having two instructors team teaching their class, (2) how having two instructors affected their understanding of the content presented, (3) how having two instructors affected their understanding of work assigned, (4) how they felt about having two instructors to evaluate their work, and (5) other comments. Results indicated that students felt they greatly benefited from being team-taught and expressed a positive reaction to the experience. Generally, students felt that having two instructors enhanced the evaluation process, though some were confused over the evaluation of their work in this situation. (Contains 28 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, November 3-6, 1998).