Co-teaching in northern rural Finnish schools
|Author:||Sirkko, Riikka1; Takala, Marjatta1; Wickman, Kim2|
1University of Oulu, Finland
2University of Umeå, Sweden
|Online Access:||PDF Full Text (PDF, 0.3 MB)|
|Persistent link:|| http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe2018092036133
University of Aberdeen,
|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.
Education in the north
|Pages:||217 - 237|
|Type of Publication:||
A1 Journal article – refereed
|Field of Science:||
516 Educational sciences
"Supporting together! – Tuetaan yhdessä!" project funded by Ministry of Culture and Education of Finland.
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