ERIC Number: ED130725
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-May
Reference Count: 0
Peer Teaching Assistants and English Composition in the Community College.
Lazar, Gloria S.
The Communication I course described in this paper effectively incorporates peer Teaching Assistants selected from within the community college environment. The course consists of: (1) a Writing Skills Lab covering twelve areas of basic skills, staffed by an instructor and five peer Teaching Assistants; and (2) a Writing Skills Workshop in which students apply grammatical skills learned in the Writing Skills Lab and develop organizational and analytical writing techniques. The "peer" element is singularly important in this environment. Students in the community college encompass a wide range of ages and backgrounds. Teaching Assistants likewise vary in age and outside careers. The peer Teaching Assistants, by virtue of their "student" similarity, can provide important emotional and psychological support to foster more comfortable corrections and tutorials in technical writing skills. A well-designed Teaching Assistant practicum is critical to the success of this course. After skill training and orientation, constant monitoring of peer Teaching Assistants is necessary. However, the benefits of the system far outweigh any difficulties encountered in the total process. (JDS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference on Personalized System of Instruction in Higher Education, Washington, D. C., May, 1976