SCIFARI: Exploring the Effectiveness of Team Teaching in Science on Middle School Students


In the Middle School Science department at Mallya Aditi International School, Bangalore, India, a team of teachers designs and delivers course content to enhance learning experiences. The pedagogy of the Middle School departments includes deliberations among the team regarding lessons, hands-on activities, experiential learning opportunities and evaluation processes before and during implementation. This has been a positive experience for teachers who came in from conventional teaching models, with high student teacher ratio and limited support for students. We believe this practice has benefitted students. However, we were curious to understand how Science team teaching was perceived by our students in the academic year 2022-23 (post 2 years of virtual learning during the pandemic). 133 of our Middle School learners completed an anonymous survey to describe the effectiveness of science team teaching. Students’ responses were recorded quantitatively and qualitatively. Largely, the emergent themes were a positive attitude towards team teaching (122 responses), the opportunity to clarify doubts individually (95), an appreciation of different teaching styles (71) and engagement in well-organised collaborative learning activities (125). Nonetheless, 17 students feel intimidated and overwhelmed in relating to multiple teachers, and 39 students reported being constantly observed, but acknowledged improved class management. We concluded team teaching can enhance learning by lowering students’ emotional barrier to communicate freely, meeting individual needs in the classroom, and catering to different learning styles. Combining our study of student perspectives and our teacher experiences, we have compiled suggestions for teachers looking to implement team teaching successfully in their classrooms.

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V. Subath Senan, Mallya Aditi International School, India
Shukti Dutt, Mallya Aditi International School, India
Sreelekha Krishnan, Mallya Aditi International School, India
Neetu Shrivastava, Mallya Aditi International School, India
Jisha Bipin, Mallya Aditi International School, India
Yamini Mandava, Mallya Aditi International School, India

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Conference: ECE2023
Stream: Teaching Experiences

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Senan V., Dutt S., Krishnan S., Shrivastava N., Bipin J., & Mandava Y. (2023) SCIFARI: Exploring the Effectiveness of Team Teaching in Science on Middle School Students ISSN: 2188-1162 The European Conference on Education 2023: Official Conference Proceedings
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