A1 Journal article (refereed)
Learning about students in co-teaching teams (2023)

Rytivaara, A., Pulkkinen, J., & Palmu, I. (2023). Learning about students in co-teaching teams. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 27(7), 803-818. https://doi.org/10.1080/13603116.2021.1878299

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Publication details

All authors or editorsRytivaara, Anna; Pulkkinen, Jonna; Palmu, Iines

Journal or seriesInternational Journal of Inclusive Education



Publication year2023

Publication date31/01/2021


Issue number7

Pages range803-818


Publication countryUnited Kingdom

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessPartially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/74071


Teachers are facing increasingly diverse classrooms globally. To support all students efficiently, teachers need to know their students. Drawing from the literature of teacher learning and inclusive education, we explored how teachers learn to know their students in a co-teaching context. Analysis of interviews and diaries of five co-teaching teams showed that teachers learned about their students in a co-taught classroom by observing students and by obtaining knowledge from and co-constructing knowledge with their co-teaching partner. Moreover, teachers’ learning led to shared responsibility for the student and a better understanding of student diversity. Thus, sharing knowledge of students can lighten teachers’ workload in inclusive settings and benefit both teachers and students.

Keywordsco-teachingspecial education (teaching)inclusionteachersschool childrenteacher-pupil relationship

Free keywordsco-teaching; inclusive education; teacher learning; teacher knowledge; students

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Ministry reportingYes

Reporting Year2022

JUFO rating2

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