ERIC Number: EJ794704
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Using Students' Drawings to Elicit General and Special Educators' Perceptions of Co-Teaching
Bessette, Harriet J.
Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, v24 n5 p1376-1396 Jul 2008
This paper describes the findings of a study of general and special educators' perceptions of co-teaching in elementary and middle school classrooms. A total of 85 students, 20 general education, and 11 special education teachers participated in this investigation in which student drawings were used as both data and as tools to spark teacher reflection. Students' pictorial depictions of co-teaching were analyzed for apparent features and traits. Co-teachers' reactions to the drawings were springboards for reflective conversations around modifications they felt needed to take place to improve co-teaching. Findings suggest that proactive role distribution, support structures, and trust building are critical factors in strengthening co-teaching. Implications for practice are discussed.
Descriptors: Disabilities, Special Education Teachers, Elementary Education, Middle Schools, Freehand Drawing, Teacher Attitudes, Team Teaching, Reflective Teaching, Teacher Role, Trust (Psychology), Cooperating Teachers, Middle School Teachers, Elementary School Teachers
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools
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