A middle school co-teaching program evaluation in one suburban midwestern school district : perceptions from regular education co-teachers, special education co-teachers, and building administrators
Middle school co-teachers and administrators offered information during focus groups, interviews, and surveys pertaining to co-teaching. Co-teaching in this study is defined as a special education teacher and a regular education teacher collaboratively providing instruction to a group of student with diverse learning needs. This qualitative program evaluation, conducted in a Midwestern suburban area, provides an analysis of middle school co-teaching with a focus on collaboration and professional development. The purpose of this study was to discover perceptions of middle school co-teaching from those at the front lines, including special education co-teachers, regular education co-teachers, and building administrators. The conceptual framework for this study was collaboration as defined by Friend and Cook (2013). Open and axial coding were used in the data analysis process. Findings indicated a lack of consistent and ongoing professional development, concerns with collaboration between co-teachers, and confusion with roles in co-teaching.
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