Co-Teaching in Northern Rural Finnish Schools

Riikka Sirkko, Marjatta Takala, Kim Wickman, Education in the North

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Focusing on a rural municipality in northern Finland, the aim of this study is to investigate educators’ thoughts and experiences with co-teaching. The data from 40 teachers were collected via an electronic questionnaire, and a mixed-methods approach was used. In the quantitative responses, the teachers positioned themselves as spokespeople for co-teaching, even though they had little experience with this teaching method. The written responses were condensed into four main themes: requirements, interpretations, inclusion and joy. Various requirements, such as more time for planning, better facilities to teach in and more training, were required before co-teaching could be executed. However, those who had co-taught expressed joy and improved wellbeing at work compared with their time teaching alone. Finally, the various themes of teachers’ experiences in relation to co-teaching are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-237
Number of pages21
JournalEducation in the North
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 11 Aug 2018


  • Co-Teaching
  • Experience
  • Rural Area
  • Content Analysis
  • North Finland


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