Date of Award/Publication

2002

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

This study determined how the use of the Co-Teaching Rating Scale (Gately & Gately 2001) could help improve co-teachers performance. The teachers were teaching a inclusion model of co-teaching, one general education teacher and one special education teacher teaching in one room. Four teachers at Spry Middle School in Webster, NY were selected to pilot this study. They completed the Co-Teaching Rating Scale (CtRS) and set goals based on the results to help improve their co-teaching performance. The teachers found that in different ways the CtRS was helpful. One pair found it very useful to reflect on their co-teaching and they changed many aspects of the co-teaching partnership. The second pair encountered some factors that impeded their progress but still were able to change one aspect of their co-teaching. The CtRS allowed both pairs to improve their co-teaching.

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