ERIC Number: ED332204
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
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Boundaries of Graduate Assistants: Bouncing off Boundaries.
Koehnecke, Dianne Swenson
Graduate assistants must often be the "Jack" or "Jill" of many trades. Graduate assistants at St. Louis University described a variety of boundaries they face in their multifaceted roles. Some of their major concerns were: (1) unreasonable workload; (2) isolation; (3) frenzied pace; (4) work not enjoyable; (5) difficult boss; (6) poor work environment; (7) restrictions; (8) stereotypical roles; (9) responsibility without authority; and (10) low pay. The assistants who appeared to handle the pressures the best were able to bounce off their boundaries and work within their department to implement change. Assistants who were assigned challenging tasks and given opportunities for growth within the department appeared to be able to bounce off the boundaries rather than be bombarded by them. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Saint Louis University MO; Student Surveys
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (42nd, Boston, MA, March 21-23, 1991).