Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Co-Teaching

UM LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course



DEPARTMENT Leadership for Learning and Innovation

DESCRIPTION In this study-unit, students will learn about co-teaching and co-teaching strategies. Students will be exposed to co-teaching as one model of collaborative teaching that serves as continuing professional development for teachers. There are six different co-teaching strategies that teachers may use with students in their class and which candidates will be exposed to - both theoretically and in a practical way.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit aims to:
1. Provide an understanding of co-teaching as collaborative teaching and learning for teachers;
2. Offer opportunities for collaboration;
3. Enable an experience of collaborative lesson planning, teaching and evaluation as a process for professional development;
4. Appreciate the benefits of co-teaching;
5. Identify potential issues and challenges with co-teaching.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

1. Define co-teaching and the collaborative process involved;
2. Use different strategies to co-teach;
3. Identify advantages of co-teaching for both teachers and students;
4. Analyse conditions that can make co-teaching possible within a school or within a subject department.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

1. Describe at least four co-teaching strategies;
2. Investigate possibilites for co-teaching in their own professional context;
3. Organise, plan, observe and evaluate on lesson co-taught with a colleague;
4. Justify when and why co-teaching may be beneficial to use;
5. Critique and reflect with a colleague one particular co-teacing strategy used;
6. Identify and examine the key distinctive roles undertaken by two teachers during a co-teaching lesson.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts

- Bouck, E. C. (2007). Co-Teaching... Not just a textbook term: Implications for practice. Preventing School Failure, 51(2), 46-51.
- Cook, L., & Friend, M. (1995). Co-teaching: Guidelines for creating effective practices. Focus on Exceptional Children, 28{3), 1-16.
- Mastropieri, M. A., Scruggs, T. E., Graetz, J., Norland, J., Gardizi, W., & McDuffie, K. (2005). Case-studies in co-teaching in the content areas: Successes, failures, and challenges. Intervention in School and Clinic, 40(5), 260-270.
- Weiss, M. D., & Lloyd, J. (2003). Conditions for co-teaching: Lessons from a case study. Teacher Education and Special Education, 26, 27-41.

Supplementary Texts

- Austin, V. L. (2001). Teachers' beliefs about co-teaching. Remedial and Special Education, 22, 245-255.
- Cook, L., & Friend, M. (2000). Interactions: Collaboration skills for school professionals (3rd ed.). New York: Addison Wesley Longman.
- Dieker, L. A., & Murawski, W. M. (2003). Co-teaching at the secondary level: Unique issues, current trends, and suggestions for success. The High School Journal, 86(4), 1-13.
- Scruggs, T. E., Mastropieri, M. A., & McDuffie, K. A. (2007). Co-Teaching in inclusive classrooms: A metasynthesis of qualitative research. Exceptional Children, 73(4), 392-416.
- Villa, R. A., Thousand, J. S., & Nevin, A. (2008). A guide to co-teaching: Practical tips for facilitating student learning. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
- Walther-Thomas, C. S. (1997). Co-Teaching experiences: The benefits and problems that teachers and principals report over time. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 30(4), 395-407.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Seminar

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Sept. Asst Session Weighting
Portfolio See note below Yes 100%
Note: Assessment due will vary according to the study-unit availability.

LECTURER/S Ian Buttigieg
James Calleja (Co-ord.)


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