Collaborative Approaches in Special Education: Strengths & Limitations

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Instructor: Natalie Boyd

Natalie is a teacher and holds an MA in English Education and is in progress on her PhD in psychology.

The field of special education requires a great deal of collaborative effort. In this lesson, we will take a look at some of the most common collaborative approaches as well as some of the strengths and limitations of these approaches.

Special Education

Sajanti is a new teacher, and she's very excited to be making a difference in children's lives. She will be working with students who need special attention because they struggle with academics and behavior.

Special education is the work to educate students with special needs. This could include students who struggle academically, such as students with dyslexia, or those who struggle behaviorally, such as those with ADHD. But special education can also include students who are academically gifted; they, too, often need things that are different from other students in the classroom.

Collaboration is a buzzword in special education. In fact, there is much collaboration that is done in special education. Students collaborate with each other, and teachers, like Sajanti, collaborate with other educators.

Despite having heard a lot about collaboration, Sajanti isn't sure exactly how it will play a role in her classroom. To help her figure that out, let's look at how students collaborate in a special education classroom, and how educators collaborate to bring special education services to students.

Student Collaboration

Sajanti has heard that having students work together on assignments or problems can be beneficial. In fact, it seems that it could really help struggling students to have another person working with them. But how should she set up collaboration?

The two biggest issues with collaboration in the classroom involve who is collaborating and what they are collaborating on. Let's help Sajanti understand each of these in turn.

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