ERIC Number: EJ915278
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
Team Teaching: Are Two Better than One?
Bettencourt, M. L.; Weldon, A. A.
Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, v21 n4 p123-150 2011
The authors explored two assumptions about college teaching and learning: first, that faculty teach in isolation, as institutional culture values and rewards autonomy over collaboration; and second, that faculty collaboration improves instruction. They present findings from an experiment in team teaching in a university beginning Spanish course in which they conducted action research to investigate the impact of team teaching on them, as the faculty participants in this study, and on their students. Data from students' course evaluations and the instructors' teaching diaries show that while participants expressed positive outcomes from team teaching, their concerns about professional identity, relationship, and engagement with students outweighed advantages.
Descriptors: College Instruction, Team Teaching, Teacher Collaboration, Introductory Courses, Second Language Instruction, Spanish, Action Research, College Faculty, College Students, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Course Evaluation, Diaries
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