Title

Co-Teaching: The benefits that facilitate a positive learning experience

Date of Award

Spring 5-13-2022

Document Type

Project Abstract (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Special Education

Department

Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Keri DeSutter

Keywords

co-teaching, collaboration, models, inclusive

Abstract

Abstract

My research was conducted on co-teaching and how it benefits students.

Co-teaching can help maximize a student’s ability to learn. The benefits that

facilitate a positive learning experience in a co-taught classroom can provide an

opportunity for all students. Students with special needs are given the opportunity

to acquire education and an environment that does not have any restrictions and

are given the ability to learn beside their peers. If co-teaching is efficient, students

with learning disabilities can gain academic growth and also attain skills to socialize

with general education students.

My inquiry consisted of different variations of co-teaching. Multiple models can

be used by the professionals involved based on their area of knowledge and

expertise. Effective co-teaching is most beneficial when teachers address the best

possible teaching variation based on the specific needs of the class.

Research indicated several issues that have been a concern by staff and

administration in order for co-teaching to be present in today’s classroom. Cost,

time, and professional development are areas of alarm that must be addressed in

order for co-teaching to be effective. The results conclude that even though there is

a lack of supportive evidence, school districts should consider a team approach to

move away from a one teacher, one classroom system.

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