Addressing Ethical Dilemmas in Implementing Coteaching

  • Colette Murphy Queen's University Belfast
  • Jim Beggs St Mary's University College
Keywords: research ethics, coteaching, community of practice

Abstract

This paper addresses some of the ethical dilemmas that have been reported in the literature. We found that including all coteaching participants in the research design gave them ownership of the coteaching model. This led to fuller engagement in implementing coteaching and in communication. Prior to coteaching placements school principals met with us to refine the model of coteaching, and coteachers (classroom teachers, pre-service teachers and university tutors) jointly addressed ethical issues which may arise. Coteachers produced a code of practice to which all signed up. Coteaching was enacted within this community of practice. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0604206

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Author Biographies

Colette Murphy, Queen's University Belfast
Colette MURPHY is a senior lecturer in Queen's University Belfast. Her research interests include coteaching and cogenerative dialogue, science teacher education, children's attitudes to school science, environmental education and evaluating the role computers in education.
Jim Beggs, St Mary's University College
Jim BEGGS is Head of Science at St Mary's University College Belfast. His research interests include coteaching and cogenerative dialogue, science teacher education, children's attitudes to school science
Published
2006-09-30
Section
FQS Debate: Qualitative Research and Ethics