Teaching as a team – more than just team teaching

  • Claudia Mewald


This article focuses on the development of teacher trainees’ co-teaching skills based on the results from a small scale ethnographic research project in initial teacher education for English as a foreign language in secondary schools. It describes the social and psychological foundations of collaborative teaching and learning drawing on insights from social interdependence theory and presents six models of co-teaching in the context of teacher education from a theoretical perspective as well as in their practical application with a focus on modern foreign language education. Zusammenfassung:Dieser Artikel fokussiert die Entwicklung von Co-Teaching Fertigkeiten von Studierenden des Faches Englisch als Lebende Fremdsprache in der Sekundarstufe auf der Grundlage von Erkenntnissen aus einer qualitativen ethnographischen Studie während der Ausbildung. Er beschreibt die sozialen und psychologischen Grundlagen  von kollaborativem Lehren und Lernen auf der Basis von Erkenntnissen aus der Sozialen Interdependenztheorie und präsentiert Modelle des Co-Teachings im Kontext der Lehrerbildung aus einer theoretischen Perspektive und in deren praktischer Anwendung im modernen Fremdsprachenunterricht. 


Claudia Mewald
Claudia Mewald is a lecturer at the University College of Teacher Education in Lower Austria. She specializes in early FL education, learner autonomy, and testing and assessment. She has researched the input and output in CLIL classes and portfolio assessment in teacher education. Since 2004 she has been involved in the development of educational standards and standardised testing at lower secondary level. Her current research interest is the washback of testing on teaching and learning.


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