Integrated Co Teaching And Its Effects On Middle School Students

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Integrated Co-Teaching and its effects on Middle School Students Integrated Co-Teaching, also known as ICT, is an educational setting where students with disabilities learn alongside general education students. The ICT setting provides students the support of a special education teacher within the general education classroom. The goal of integrated co-teaching is to ensure that students with disabilities master grade level skills and concepts, while having their special education needs met. In addition to mastering skills and concepts, having ICT classrooms allows students with disabilities to remain with their age appropriate peers and learn in an environment that is least restrictive. There have been many debates on whether or not integrated co-teaching has positive or negative effects for students with and without disabilities. The concerns are either academic and social benefits or setbacks. There has been quite a bit of research to show that integrated co-teaching has positive outcomes for both general education students and students with disabilities. One factor that plays a huge role in successful implementation of integrated co-teaching and has better outcomes for students is when the co-teachers are trained and work together. Magiera and Zigmond (2005) preformed a study at four middle schools in New York that focused on the instructional practices for students with and without disabilities; with teachers who were not trained in integrated co-teaching
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