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SIRKKO R., TAKALA, M., and WICKMAN, K., (2018). Co-Teaching in Northern Rural Finnish Schools, Education in the North, 25(1-2), pp. 217-237.

Co-teaching in northern rural Finnish schools

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Author: Sirkko, Riikka1; Takala, Marjatta1; Wickman, Kim2
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Finland
2University of Umeå, Sweden
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: University of Aberdeen, 2018
Publish Date: 2018-09-20


Focusing on a rural municipality in northern Finland, the aim of this study is to investigate educators’ thoughts and experiences with co-teaching. The data from 40 teachers were collected via an electronic questionnaire, and a mixed-methods approach was used. In the quantitative responses, the teachers positioned themselves as spokespeople for co-teaching, even though they had little experience with this teaching method. The written responses were condensed into four main themes: requirements, interpretations, inclusion and joy. Various requirements, such as more time for planning, better facilities to teach in and more training, were required before co-teaching could be executed. However, those who had co-taught expressed joy and improved wellbeing at work compared with their time teaching alone. Finally, the various themes of teachers’ experiences in relation to co-teaching are discussed.

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Series: Education in the north
ISSN: 0424-5512
ISSN-E: 2398-0184
ISSN-L: 0424-5512
Volume: 25
Issue: 1-2
Pages: 217 - 237
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
Funding: "Supporting together! – Tuetaan yhdessä!" project funded by Ministry of Culture and Education of Finland.
Copyright information: © 2018 The Authors and Education in the North. This article may be used for research, teaching and private study.