Publication date:10 October 2016
Length of book:96 pages
This book provides a concise and comprehensive overview of the practice of coteaching, including its benefits and educational and social implications. Coteaching plays an important role in enhancing the experience and effectiveness of pre-service and in-service teachers during school experience at a time when teacher retention rates are a concern both nationally and internationally. Traditional practice in school experience, generally comprising observation followed by complete take-over of classes, has not altered in more than a century, despite significant changes in the role of the teacher, the needs of students, the learning environment and the functioning of schools. Coteaching provides a pedagogy which supports pre-service teachers more actively and promotes teacher professional development, as they work together in co-planning, co-practice and co-evaluating lessons during school-based experience.
Co-teaching in Teacher Education is part of the successful Critical Guides for Teacher Educators series edited by Ian Menter.
The text offers a valuable overview of how to work with new practitioners and support their practice with a coteaching approach. It clearly defines what coteaching is, what coteaching looks like within the classroom context and how it differs from other forms of collaborative teaching, and the theoretical basis of coteaching. It offers a wide range of tested and helpful solutions to work with others and developing trainees’ in practice, and is underpinned by detailed research. It offers a clear advice and guidance and useful models of practice which can be used in a range of contexts. A very thought provoking and insightful read, which really changes your thinking about how you can approach school-based teacher training and vary the activities, strategies and techniques you use to make the most of your trainees’ talents. Succinct and very clear.