ERIC Number: ED290349
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
National Study of Teaching Assistants.
Diamond, Robert M.; Gray, Peter
The background, responsibilities, and preparation of teaching assistants (TAs) from a representative group of eight U.S. research institutions were studied in 1986. The questionnaire covered: demographic information about TAs (e.g., academic department, highest level of education, county of origin, gender); teaching responsibilities (e.g., lecturing, grading, advising); preparation for teaching; and orientation or training that foreign TAs might have received and problems they have encountered. Questionnaires were completed by 1,357 TAs, 68% of whom were teaching in disciplines generally classified as the arts and sciences. Seventeen percent of the TA respondents were foreign students, and 45% were from Asian countries. Findings include: one of every three TAs was fully responsible for a course including lecturing, grading, and counseling; nearly half of all TAs had taught previously and three out of four hoped to teach after they had received their degrees; one in 25 did not have the appropriate academic background for their assignment and one in six was teaching outside their discipline; and one in five women reported less adequate guidance and support than men. The questionnaire is appended. (SW)
Descriptors: Educational Background, Foreign Students, Higher Education, National Surveys, Questionnaires, Research Universities, Supervision, Teacher Responsibility, Teaching Assistants, Teaching Experience
Syracuse University, Center for Instructional Development, (Robert M. Diamond), 111 Waverly Avenue, Suite 220, Syracuse, NY 13244-2320 ($8.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Syracuse Univ., NY. Center for Instructional Development.