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The use of cohort programs in personnel preparation: Benefits and challenges

Personnel Preparation

ISBN: 978-1-59749-274-4, eISBN: 978-1-84950-527-7

Publication date: 3 June 2008


This chapter reviews findings from the literature on the use of cohort programs in personnel preparation programs. Twenty-four investigations examining cohorts in higher education were identified: fourteen studies examined elementary, middle, or secondary education programs; seven studies described special education programs; and three described educational leadership cohort programs. Findings support the use of cohorts across special education, general education, and educational leadership personnel preparation programs. Reported positive benefits included social-emotional support, improved collaboration, communication, academic support, and reduced attrition. However, several studies also revealed unintended negative consequences. Such unintended consequences included negative interpersonal conflicts, development of cliques, and conflicts between students and faculty. Findings are discussed for future research and practice.


Mastropieri, M.A., Morrison, N., Scruggs, T.E., Bowdey, B. and Werner, T. (2008), "The use of cohort programs in personnel preparation: Benefits and challenges", Scruggs, T.E. and Mastropieri, M.A. (Ed.) Personnel Preparation (Advances in Learning and Behavioral Disabilities, Vol. 21), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 151-179.



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