Continuum of co-teaching implementation: Moving from traditional student teaching to co-teaching

Megan Guise*, Mireille Habib, Krystal Thiessen, Amy Robbins

a b s t r a c t

This mixed methods study examines the implementation of co-teaching as a model for the teacher
education field experience. Participants included eight co-teaching pairs with the goal of determining the
extent to which co-teaching occurred, conditions for success, and barriers to implementation. The authors
posit that a continuum exists relative to co-teaching implementation with the cooperating
teacher’s view of his/her role and the purpose of the field experience contributing to where each pair fell
on this continuum. This study provides insight into the conditions necessary for coteaching as well as
factors that inhibited pairs from moving beyond traditional student teaching.

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