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ERIC Number: EJ787280
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-0888-4064
Learning about Co-Teaching: A Collaborative Student Teaching Experience for Preservice Teachers
Kamens, Michele Wilson
Teacher Education and Special Education, v30 n3 155-166 Sum 2007
To adequately prepare preservice teachers to implement inclusive classrooms, teacher preparation programs must encourage professional interaction, collaboration, and knowledge about inclusion. Although some of these skills can be presented in coursework, prospective teachers must be provided with opportunities to practice these skills in classroom settings. This case study explored the experiences of two pairs of preservice teachers who co-taught as they were placed with teams of collaborating cooperating teachers for a semester-long student teaching experience. Analysis of data sources including student journals, interviews, and observation notes resulted in themes including the comfort of peer support, the impact of personality on the co-teaching experience, the structure of co-teaching interactions, and the impact on children. Implications for designing collaborative experiences in teacher education programs are discussed. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education for All Handicapped Children Act