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Eric Hawkinson

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The University of Fukuchiyama, Fukuchiyama, Japan

ABSTRACT

With the goal of better understanding a healthy working relationship between two teachers co-teaching in the same classroom on the same subject, this study takes a look at leadership related behaviors in team teaching environments. The study looks at relationships between teams of teachers in Miyazu City School District, a rural Japanese school district teaching English language in public K-12 schools. The relationships of team teachers are analyzed from the perspective of leadership and leadership theory. Situational leadership is presented as a means to understand the social dynamic at play when two teachers are conducting a class and how these ideas can be suited directly to behaviours of team teachers both in and out of class. The result is the creation of a new framework based on existing team teaching and situational leadership models to better understand and improve on working relationships of team teachers.

KEYWORDS

team teaching, situational leadership, educational leadership theory, co-teaching, language education

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