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An Investigation into the Processes of Developing Positive Long-Term Co-Teaching Partnerships

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dc.contributor.advisor Galluzzo, Gary R
dc.contributor.author Bafaro, Elaina R.
dc.creator Bafaro, Elaina R.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-01-29T01:14:55Z
dc.date.available 2017-01-29T01:14:55Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1920/10564
dc.description.abstract This study used a qualitative research design in the form of the semi-structured interview process to investigate the shared processes that long-term middle school co-teaching teams identify going through and continuing to go through as a means of developing, sustaining and advancing their co-teaching professional partnerships. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with nine co-teachers on an individual basis, separate of their co-teaching partners. The results of the interviews were analyzed in order to determine if there were any significant features, characteristics, skills, or procedures that these co-teachers developed as a result of their long-term co-teaching partnerships. The major findings of this study are: (1) the features that facilitate a strong co-teaching foundation; (2) the role of special education teachers in the co-teaching partnership; (3) the shared professional values of co-teachers; (4) feelings of preparedness for co-teaching; (5) perceptions of co-teaching; (6) the features that developed from long-term co-teaching partnerships; and (7) shared professional benefits. This study revealed that when teachers are prepared for their roles and responsibilities as co-teachers they embrace their co-teaching partnerships with the drive to make it work. Additionally, long-term co-teaching partnerships resulted with the development of effective co-teaching practices that were inclusive of both teachers’ professional expertise.
dc.format.extent 313 pages
dc.language.iso en
dc.rights Copyright 2016 Elaina R. Bafaro
dc.subject Education
dc.subject Special education
dc.subject Teacher education
dc.subject Cooperative teaching
dc.subject Middle School
dc.subject Professional Partnerships
dc.subject Team Teaching
dc.title An Investigation into the Processes of Developing Positive Long-Term Co-Teaching Partnerships
dc.type Dissertation
thesis.degree.level Ph.D.
thesis.degree.discipline Education
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University


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