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ERIC Number: ED560336
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 148
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3033-8661-9
Special Education Teachers' Attitudes toward Coteaching
Mitchell, Denise
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Walden University
Federal legislation mandates that students with disabilities have access to the general education curriculum to the maximum extent possible. Coteaching provides a least restrictive environment for students with special needs in the general education classroom as it allows them access to content at their level while providing opportunities to interact and learn from their peers in a manner condusive to their social development. The purposes of this study were to: (a) design and pilot an instrument to measure, and then measure the attitudes of special education teachers toward the coteaching model; and (b) test if correlations exist between special education teachers' attitudes toward coteaching and the key variables of years of coteaching experience, hours of collaboration with the coteacher, and time spent implementing students' individual education plans. Vygotsky's constructivist theory provided the framework for this descriptive and correlational study. Twenty-one special education teachers participated in this study by responding to the Teachers' Attitude Scale toward Coteaching survey. Descriptive statisitcs indicated that special education teachers have mostly favorable attitudes toward coteaching and that teachers have concerns about their roles; Spearman's rho results indicated that no statistically significant relationship exists between their attitudes and the other study variables. This study may provide school administrators and curriculum coordinators the foundation for developing an ongoing professional development program that focuses on providing teachers the necessary support and guidance needed to implement best practices in their cotaught environment. [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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