Co-Teaching: Communication and Collaboration
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Communication and collaboration between general education and special education teachers are challenging. Research shows that co-teaching benefits students with disabilities as well as students without disabilities (Scruggs, Mastropieri, & McDuffie, 2007). The purpose of this action research pilot study is to determine if general education teachers’ perceptions of communication and collaboration improve after co-teaching. Participants are two elementary general education teachers, who teach at least one student with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) in their classes. An evidence based method of co-teaching is implemented for 6 weeks, including weekly teacher meetings. Data is collected through pre-tests, post-tests, field notes, and surveys. Results suggest an improved perception of communication and collaboration between general education and special education teachers. Further research with a larger group of general education teachers is warranted to determine if results can be replicated or generalized.