ERIC Number: ED370147
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
An Exploratory Study of GTA's Attitudes toward Aspects of Teaching and Teaching Style.
McDowell, Earl E.
A study focused on graduate teaching assistants' (GTAs') perceptions of aspects of teaching and teaching style. Subjects, 120 of 197 randomly selected GTAs in 20 academic departments in a midwestern university, completed two survey instruments. Results indicated that GTAs perceive that students learn more from the lecture method and that interpersonal relationships play a significant role in their teaching. GTAs rated the style variables "friendly,""communicator image,""impression leaving,""attentive," and "animated" more positively than other style variables. Gender differences indicated that males used the lecture method and used more dominant and precise styles in their teaching, while females felt more committed to teaching and were more informal, friendly, and open toward students. Younger teachers seemed to take less pleasure in teaching, were less secure, viewed themselves as followers, and felt more comfortable using the lecture method. Findings suggest that GTAs use a variety of opinions of aspects of teaching variables and teaching style variables. (Contains 20 references and 5 tables of data.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Communicator Style; Teacher Surveys
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (79th, Miami Beach, FL, November 18-21, 1993).