Winter 12-12-2016



Degree Name


Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Mari Rasmussen

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Anne Rogan

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Clark Wicks


The purpose of this research project was to investigate mainstream and ESL teachers’ perceptions of co-teaching. Electronic surveys were used to collect data. Teachers were asked to reflect on experiences they have had co-teaching. In addition, they were asked to share beliefs about ESL program models, co-teaching, and components they believe are necessary to make coteaching successful. Results show that a high percentage of mainstream and ESL teachers believe that co-teaching is a highly effective ESL program model and are willing to co-teach. However, both teachers with experience co-teaching and without acknowledge that there are many challenges to successfully co-teach. Challenges include time to co-plan, compatibility between co-teaching partners, scheduling, and administrative support. Based on the responses from the survey and literature on co-teaching, recommendations are described to improve the implementation of co-teaching to make it successful.

Research Methodology

Survey (attitude scale, opinion, questionnaire)


ESL/ ELLs, Teachers/ Teaching, Co-teaching

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