Date Approved

7-1-2005

Embargo Period

4-12-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S. in Teaching: Collaborative Teaching

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Madden, Marjorie

Subject(s)

Special education teachers--New Jersey; Teaching teams--New Jersey

Disciplines

Elementary Education and Teaching

Abstract

Studies have shown that there is a movement towards inclusion and team teaching in schools throughout the nation. This movement has not only affected the students who are being mainstreamed, but the teachers who are now co-teaching these classrooms. This study used questionnaires, teacher interviews, and a teacher research journal to sample a southern New Jersey elementary school. The participants' responses provided insights to answer the question "How do teachers create a successful team teaching partnership?" The study suggests criteria for successful teams and discusses possible barriers which may hinder effective teaching partnerships. The four main themes which emerged from the study as the most important are: communication, collaboration, time, and different teaching philosophies. Communication and collaboration are considered the two major criteria needed in every successful partnership. Time and different teaching philosophies are the two major barriers which stand in the way of success.

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