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Tink, Albert K.

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M.S. (Master of Science)

Legacy Department

Department of Education


Teaching teams


PROBLEM This study was designed to report on the preparation of teachers for team teaching responsibilities. Specifically it attempted to answer three questions related to team teaching preparation: 1) How are colleges preparing teachers for team teaching? 2) How do elementary and secondary schools prepare their teachers for team teaching? and 3) To determine what needs to be done to prepare teachers for team teaching responsibilities. METHODS AND PROCEDURES IN GATHERING DATA The data was gathered by scanning college and university catalogs for evidence of classes related to new and untried methods, as well as team teaching methods courses, and by reading the team teaching literature. In addition, questionnaires were sent to one-hundred seventeen colleges and universities. The colleges and universities are state supported, give the Bachelor of Science in Education degree, and are located in the nineteen state area covered by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. Also, questionnaires were sent to one-hundred elementary and secondary schools, which were chosen on the basis of the first one-hundred schools reporting their experiments in the team teaching literature. SUMMARY OF FINDINGS The questionnaire results indicated that the colleges and universities were not teaching team teaching methods courses, but most had attempted to introduce team teaching to their students. The colleges and universities were on the whole, avoiding team teaching until they could safely see if it would fade out of the education scene, or if it would become more popular. These colleges and universities felt that the in-service programs of the elementary and secondary schools were not sufficient to properly train team teachers. The elementary and secondary schools report that they were on the whole, satisfied with their team teaching experiments. They believed that the colleges and universities should have been doing more to help prepare teachers for team teaching responsibilities. To enable team teaching to succeed, the colleges and universities, elementary and secondary schools, stated the extreme need for choosing compatible team members. The ability to get along with others was listed as the prime criterion for choosing team members. The findings indicated that the great majority of the school personnel questioned, felt that team teaching would continue to progress in numbers as well as in quality.


Includes bibliographical references (pages [89]-100)


vi, 122 pages




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