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Co-Teaching: An Interview-Based Study of the Perceptions of Secondary Co-Teachers

Sipe, Elizabeth A (2019) Co-Teaching: An Interview-Based Study of the Perceptions of Secondary Co-Teachers. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Co-teaching has evolved as a popular service delivery approach to meet the diverse needs of students with disabilities in the general education setting. This qualitative study used semi-structured interviews to explore how co-teachers in a secondary public school district in a Mid-Atlantic state perceive co-teaching; specifically how teachers describe the benefits and challenges associated with co-teaching, and how teachers believe administrators can shape, plan, and improve co-teaching practices. A total of two co-teaching dyads participated in this study. The participants included two general education teachers, one reading specialist teacher, and one special education teacher. Analysis of the data revealed four themes: the importance of a common planning period, increased academic and social outcomes, challenges associated with co-teaching, and the importance of administrative support.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Sipe, Elizabeth Aeas162@pitt.edueas162
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairMcCarthy, Tessatessam@pitt.edutessam
Committee MemberRamirez,
Committee MemberRobertson, Rachelrachelr@pitt.edurachelr
Committee MemberRussell, Jenniferjrussel@pitt.edujrussel
Date: 25 September 2019
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 30 July 2019
Approval Date: 25 September 2019
Submission Date: 28 August 2019
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 74
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Instruction and Learning
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: co-teaching, special education, secondary, academic, social outcomes
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2019 15:29
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2019 15:29


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