special education, mathematics, collaborative teaching, co-teaching
This study explored the co-teaching practices occurring within four middle school mathematics classrooms and the influence of video discussions on each co-teaching team. The study took place within three middle schools in central Florida. The study provides a clear picture of the current status of middle school co-taught mathematics classrooms. The research results were inconclusive in that the key components of co-teaching were not observed (co-planning, co-instructing and co-assessing) and the findings were similar to past co-teaching research indicating mixed results. Overall, concerns that emerged from the study were a lack of heterogeneous classrooms, clarity for the role of the special educator, inquiry-based based instruction, and individualization for behavioral and instructional needs. Encouraging findings were that teachers were willing to communicate to create richer content, instruction and assessment. In addition, one team showed overall growth and promise related to effective practices. From triangulation of the data teams were growing in the areas of communicating with each other, clarifying roles, building teacher relationships, and discussing student achievement. The hope for effective co-teaching lies in teams being given time to plan, dual preparation, and co-professional development to more effectively meet the needs of low achieving students and students with disabilities in mathematics classrooms. The findings from this study implicate that for co-teaching to be successful teachers need heterogeneous classrooms with both teachers having strong content knowledge, yet with clarity that the special educator's role is to provide individualized strategies for behavior and instruction while the general educator's role is to lead the content instruction. When this level of co-teaching emerges, perhaps further research will not be necessary.
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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
College of Education
Child, Family, and Community Sciences
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Doctoral Dissertation (Open Access)
Davis, Kimberly, "Co-teaching: Using Video To Identify Current Practices And Promote Teacher Discussion In Middle School Mathematics Classrooms" (2008). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 3545.