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ERIC Number: ED546151
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 189
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-2675-9365-8
Co-Teaching: A Case Study of Teachers' Perceptions
Smith, Valerie M.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Northeastern University
The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001 and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 2004 have directly contributed to an increase in students receiving inclusive specialized instruction within the general education classroom setting. To accommodate these students, many schools have implemented the practice of co-teaching, or pairing a special educator with a general educator, to service both special and general education students. The purpose of this case study was to investigate which aspects of co-teaching teachers deemed critical to the practice of co-teaching, and consequently how the practice of co-teaching can be improved. The qualitative, single-case study was designed to analyze perceptions of teachers around co-teaching in an inclusive classroom where students with special needs and skills are included in the general education setting. Data was obtained through survey, semi-structured interviews and a focus group. Fullan's (2008), and Hargreaves & Shirley's (2009) organizational and educational change theories guided the research questions for this qualitative case study. 1. How do teachers perceive the effectiveness of co-teaching? 2. How may co-teaching be improved? Key words: Co-teaching, collaboration, inclusion, communication, team teaching [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; No Child Left Behind Act 2001