Abstract

Currently, most students with disabilities (SWDs) receive a majority of their education in the general education classroom (U.S. Department of Education, 2019). This inclusive practice reflects educational and accountability requirements described in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (2004) and the Every Student Succeeds Act (2015). To address these requirements, schools seek service delivery models that support SWDs and close achievement gaps (Murawski & Goodwin, 2014). In this study, the researcher investigated the lived experiences of highly effective middle school teachers using co-teaching as a service delivery model to support SWDs in the general education classroom. The researcher used a phenomenological qualitative approach for this study. The research was conducted in a large urban district in the western United States. The researcher conducted face-to-face interviews with individual teachers with three pairs of co-teachers assigned to a co-teach model in a middle school mathematics classroom. The researcher was also able to observe one planning session between one pair of co-teachers. Using a spiral analysis procedure, three themes emerged from the interview and observation data as well as six subthemes. The three themes were (a) collaboration of lesson development, (b) student learning, and (c) parity. The researcher described the themes using thick, rich descriptions, provides a connection between research and the findings, and suggests recommendations for future research.

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Graduation Date

2020

Semester

Summer

Advisor

Martin, Suzanne

Degree

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

College

College of Community Innovation and Education

Department

Learning Sciences and Educational Research

Degree Program

Curriculum and Instruction

Format

application/pdf

Identifier

CFE0008179

Language

English

Release Date

August 2021

Length of Campus-only Access

1 year

Access Status

Doctoral Dissertation (Campus-only Access)

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