ERIC Number: EJ1125390
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Practicing Collaboration in Teacher Preparation: Effects of Learning by Doing Together
Weiss, Margaret P.; Pellegrino, Anthony; Brigham, Frederick J.
Teacher Education and Special Education, v40 n1 p65-76 Feb 2017
Collaboration among professionals is a vital component for successful inclusion of students with disabilities. In many cases, teacher preparation programs assume that teacher candidates know how to collaborate without explicit instruction or authentic practice and, therefore, omit coursework on collaboration. Alternatively, some programs may require coursework in collaboration but that coursework may exclude candidates from any other programs. In this article, we describe candidate outcomes from a course about collaboration that was taught in two ways: (a) as a co-taught course with faculty and candidates from social studies and special education and (b) as a course in the special education program that included only faculty and candidates in special education. Candidates in both groups constructed pre- and post-course concept maps about collaboration. We conducted both quantitative and qualitative analyses to determine depth, breadth, and complexity of understanding of collaboration as well as growth in these areas. Findings and implications are discussed.
Descriptors: Teacher Collaboration, Inclusion, Disabilities, Teacher Education Programs, Preservice Teachers, Special Education, Concept Mapping, Statistical Analysis, Qualitative Research, Team Teaching, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Graduate Students, Masters Programs, Social Studies
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