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Teachers' perceptions of the benefits and disadvantages of co-teaching with special education teachers

This thesis describes general education teachers' perceptions of the benefits and disadvantages of co-teaching with special education teachers in the delivery of a standards-based curriculum at the elementary and middle school levels. The researcher collected data from interviewing five different general education teachers from three different school sites. The teachers taught in classrooms that had students with and without disabilities. This study focuses upon the practical logistics of co-teaching, administrative support, lessons learned from experience, and advice to new co-teachers. Interview results indicated that general education teachers do support co-teaching as a means for providing students with disabilities access to the general education core curriculum. By working together, the general education teachers felt they had a better chance of implementing a learning environment conducive to instructing students with and without disabilities, than they would have on their own. Key words: Inclusion, collaboration, co-teaching, perceptions, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, universal design

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