Capstone/Dissertation Title

Exploring effective co-teaching models

Term

2008

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The research question addressed in this project was, what is an effective co-teaching model between mainstream and special education teachers and the impact on the kindergarten classroom environment? It documents one teacher's exploration of the five models of co-teaching. The author documents the benefits of co-teaching and full inclusion. She documents details of the surveys, lesson plans, and outcomes of the three models of co-teaching that were used in two kindergarten classrooms. She concludes that: (1) it is important to gather background information from participating colleagues, (2) students with disabilities and at risk learners benefit most from co-teaching, and (3) students' abilities determine which co-teaching model is effective.

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