Re-imagining a co-teaching relationship in an initial teacher education (ITE) psychology education course during the pandemic

Karen Marangio, Liz Blaher-Lucas, Rebecca Cooper

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Co-teaching in ITE can provide unique teaching, learning and collaborative opportunities for teachers, including forming and sustaining productive relationships between schools and universities. This study builds on previous work to explore the ways a co-teaching relationship, between a university-based co-teacher (UBCT) and a school-based co-teacher (SBCT) (first two authors) in an ITE psychology education (pedagogy) course, was re-imagined during the first three years of the COVID-19 pandemic. Teaching shifted from face-to-face (before pandemic) to online (first year), face-to-face and online (second year), and face-to-face and hybrid modes (third year). Regular co-teaching meetings and correspondence following each tutorial were documented and co-teachers kept a personal journal throughout the three years. Biannual meetings with a critical friend (third author) probed our thinking into co-teaching. Informed by a conceptual framework on boundary crossing, the data were analysed to articulate the learning processes involved. Findings reveal the shifts in teaching modes created unexpected pressures on our co-teaching partnership. Themes were identified: co-teaching practice out-of-step; importance of regular glimpses into school and university classrooms; pausing for deeper co-reflection on the multifaceted complexities in teaching PSTs; and reimagining our co-teaching relationship and course. It was essential for us to collaborate to navigate these ill-defined and new problems, and consider further opportunities for co-teaching PSTs. The success of a co-teacher relationship involves both SBCT and UBCT shifting their thinking and practice in response to new challenges, thereby crossing their individual and shared professional boundaries to create new spaces.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2023
EventInternational Study Association on Teachers and Teaching Biennal Conference 2023 - University of Bari Aldo Moro, Bari, Italy
Duration: 3 Jul 20237 Jul 2023
Conference number: 20th


ConferenceInternational Study Association on Teachers and Teaching Biennal Conference 2023
Abbreviated titleISATT 2023
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  • co-teaching
  • Initial teacher education
  • psychology teacher
  • school-based co-teacher (SBCT)
  • university-based co-teacher (UBCT(

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