Contemporary co-teaching: The perception of ESL teachers in Australia
Jang, SH and Yang, Y and Nguyen, HB, Contemporary co-teaching: The perception of ESL teachers in Australia, AARE 2010 Conference Proceedings, 28 November - 2 December 2010, Melbourne EJ (2010) [Refereed Conference Paper]
With an ever-increasing trend towards diverse collaborative teaching models, there is
a growing body of research on why and to what extent these teaching approaches
positively affect studentsí attainments as well as teaching quality in different
educational contexts. In Australia, there have been a number of studies on two
common collaborative teaching schemes: team teaching and co-teaching.
Nevertheless, very few published studies have explored the different perceptions of
English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers in Australia, specifically their views of
co-teaching in English instruction to students from migrant or refugee backgrounds.
The purpose of this paper is to report a case study conducted to document various
teachersí perceptions of co-teaching in a TAFE institution in Australia, where ESL
courses are provided to Australian migrants and refugees. This study focused more
on qualitative data in nature, which were collected through semi-structured interviews.
To analyse the contextual data, thematic analysis was conducted. Through the
collected data, the study identified different ideas or components which fitted into
specific themes. The data also suggested that there are a number of factors affecting
co-teaching in this context. The findings of this paper indicated that a careful
consideration of the compatibility or the partnership between co-teachers can be of
importance for enhancing ESL studentsí achievement through well-designed coteaching models. It is believed that this innovative pedagogical strategy could help
these normally poorer English speakers to access the general education curriculum
as well as to integrate into the wider social community.
Refereed Conference Paper
co-teaching, team teaching, collaboration, ESL, Australian refugees and migrants, perception of co-teaching