ERIC Number: ED173879
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Reference Count: 0
A Descriptive Study of Speech Education Programs for Novice Instructors.
Kaufman-Everett, Ileen; Backlund, Philip M.
A study was conducted to determine how well speech communication departments prepare graduate teaching assistants to teach basic communication courses. Questionnaire responses were obtained from 124 graduate departments of speech communication or theater on the number of teaching assistants, their responsibilities, the percentage of undergraduates taught by teaching assistants with sole or primary responsibility for the course, and the nature and extent of formal teacher training required for graduate assistants. The results indicated that two-thirds of the responding departments offered some type of formal training; slightly more than one-half of graduate assistants received instruction on lecture and experiential learning methods, as well as on curriculum development; and two-thirds of the training is of short duration--less than a full quarter or semester in length. The results do not indicate that all teaching assistants are being adequately prepared to teach. (DF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Communication Association (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 5-7, 1979)