ERIC Number: ED146122
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Apr
An Overview of a Teaching Assistant Training Program: Implementation in Two Settings.
Dalgaard, Kathleen A.; Dalgaard, Bruce R.
This paper describes a training program for graduate teaching assistants (TA's) at two universities. At the University of Illinois, Urbana, TA's from several departments met for seminars during the year, while at Lehigh University, Pennsylvania, the seminars were conducted before the semester beqan and each department's TA's met separately. Both courses consisted of six two-hour seminars whose topics included (1) lesson planning, (2) writing effective exam questions, (3) teacher-centered and learner-centered teaching methods, and (4) self-evaluation methods. Incentive for attendance was secured by offering graduate credit, requirinq the course for further employment as a TA, or through offering a stipend. Surveys indicate that participants felt they would gain more if seminars were offered both before and during the semester. Also participants expressed a desire for interaction with TA's from other departments as opposed to working exclusively within their own. Directors should be aware that specific subject content courses require additional training as teaching assignments change, whereas seminars in general teaching approaches are applicable to subject matter areas. Of utmost importance is securing a director who is a good teacher or is experienced in teacher training. Whatever the approach, the training of TA's represents a department's commitment to foster good teaching and gives graduates tangible evidence of teaching competence. (KC/MJB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Economic Association (Hartford, Connecticut, April 14-16, 1977)