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ERIC Number: EJ1281917
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2021
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2147-611X
Transdisciplinary Approach in Middle School: A Case Study of Co-Teaching Practices in STEAM Teams
Wu, Yufei; Cheng, Jiaming; Koszalka, Tiffany A.
International Journal of Education in Mathematics, Science and Technology, v9 n1 p138-162 2021
A call for educational reform motivated this school system to devise an enhanced version of STEM in their middle school. This case provides rich descriptions of how eighth grade middle school teachers, from multiple disciplines, enacted a STEAM team model that integrated Language Arts into STEM. These STEAM team teachers were systematically studied during field observations of 100+ class sessions using what they referred to as "transdisciplinary co-teaching," flexible scheduling, and multiple types of physical spaces to further engage students. Different dimensions of co-teaching were observed. The most frequently observed was "reconstructed," followed by "predisciplinary," "correlated," and "shared." Types of instruction other than "reconstructed," did not fit the school's proposed definitions of "transdisciplinary co-teaching." Thoughts are shared on lessons learned.
International Journal of Education in Mathematics, Science and Technology. Necmettin Erbakan University, Ahmet Kelesoglu Education Faculty, Meram, Konya, 42090, Turkey. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Elementary Education; Grade 8
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York