Capstone/Dissertation Title

Implementation and Management of Co-Teaching Practices Between ESL and Mainstream Teachers at One Middle School

Term

Fall 12-3-2014

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAESL

Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Ann Mabbott

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Cynthia Lundgren

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Joseph Muzik

Abstract

This study investigated how mainstream teachers and ESL teachers are currently implementing best practices of co-teaching in their classrooms according to literature and how teachers are managing this implementation of co-teaching. Two ESL teachers, one mainstream math teacher, and four mainstream language arts teachers participated in the study. These teachers completed a questionnaire and then participated in a focus group. The questionnaire and focus group contained questions about co-teaching that related to the necessary components of co-teaching. The major findings of this study showed teachers perception of co-teaching was directly related to whether or not they had a good relationship with their co-taught partner as well as whether or not they felt they had administration support.

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