Term

Fall 11-4-2015

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Thesis

Degree Name

MAESL

Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Jackie Smith

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Bonnie Swierzbin

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Andrea Wilson Vazquez

Abstract

The research question addressed in this study was, how are the components of effective co-teaching implemented in middle school content area classrooms in my district? It identifies what research has found to be the necessary components for implementing effective co-teaching. The author documents feedback from teachers in middle school co-teaching partnerships about how co-teaching is being implemented in this district. Findings suggest that this district has room for growth in using these components for effective co-teaching, with a focus on joint planning time, professional development opportunities, and administrative support. Implications for further research include how co-teaching differs across age and level of education, what kind of link exists between these components of effective co-teaching and the success of English Learners in the classroom, and what effective co-teaching professional development looks like.

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