ERIC Number: ED062231
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
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The Graduate Teaching Assistant: Effects on Students in Large Undergraduate Courses. Purdue Experiment in Mass Instruction.
McGee, Reece; Knuckman, Charlene S.
An Introductory Sociology class enrolling up to 1,000 students per semester was the group used in this experiment to discover empirically validated means of teaching the mass class with both emotional satisfaction to students and pedagogical efficiency. The course was conducted in lecture-discussion style with two lectures and one discussion meeting per week. Eleven teaching assistants were responsible for four sections of eighteen students each. The goal of the teaching program was to teach students to think analytically using sociological concepts. Student achievement was based on essay papers. Four semesters of data are presented in 20 tables in this report. Tentative conclusions were: many common beliefs about the influence of the graduate teaching assistant are not supported by the report data; what does happen in the TA's classroom appears not unlike what can be expected to happen in any classroom, regardless of the professional status of the teacher; we know little about the ways in which the manifold influences to which students are subjected in the college classroom act upon them to produce the results we see. (Author/VW)
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Authoring Institution: Purdue Univ., Lafayette, IN. Inst. for the Study of Social Change.