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ERIC Number: EJ1127785
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2167-3454
Examining Co-Teaching through a Socio-Technical Systems Lens
Isherwood, Robert S.; Barger-Anderson, Richard; Erickson, Matthew
Journal of Special Education Apprenticeship, v2 n2 Dec 2012
Qualitative research was conducted in a large suburban school district implementing co-teaching as a new service delivery model for special education. Researchers examined the changes that resulted from the new service delivery model using a socio-technical systems lens. This framework views schools as open systems that contain a structural, task, human, and technical subsystem. The intent of the study was to document the changes in each of these subsystems resulting from the implementation of co-teaching and to provide educators with strategies to implement co-teaching in a seamless and effective manner. Unanticipated challenges included scheduling, teacher work ethic, personality compatibility, classroom composition, and time.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh)
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