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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]


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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.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:co-teaching, team teaching, collaboration, ESL, Australian refugees and migrants, perception of co-teaching
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:LOTE, ESL and TESOL curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Pedagogy
UTAS Author:Jang, SH (Dr Sunny Jang)
UTAS Author:Yang, Y (Dr Yang Yang)
UTAS Author:Nguyen, HB (Dr Hoang Nguyen)
ID Code:70316
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2011-06-15
Last Modified:2014-12-19
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