ERIC Number: ED318351
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) Training: The View from the Top.
Buerkel-Rothfuss, Nancy L.; Gray, Pamela L.
The use and training of graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) in higher education was evaluated via questionnaires mailed nationwide to schools and departments offering graduate programs. Usable questionnaires were received from 164 of 323 graduate school deans and from 470 of 1,112 graduate school department chairs/heads. The graduate deans survey assessed demographic characteristics, the nature of campus-wide GTA training, evaluation of and satisfaction with GTA training, follow-up training and/or supervision and evaluations, GTA involvement in multi-section courses, types of GTA training desired, and evaluations of GTA teaching. The department chairs survey assessed departmental demographics, GTA selection, GTA teaching responsibilities, the nature of departmental training, evaluation of and satisfaction with training, follow-up training/supervision, evaluation of and satisfaction with GTA teaching, perceptions about ideal training programs, and problems that interfere with training. Findings show that, despite the seeming lack of a rigorous training and teaching evaluation program for GTAs, and despite the low number of students attending training programs, respondents seemed committed to the value of training and satisfied with the effectiveness of training and GTA teaching. Includes approximately 90 references. (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: For a related document, see HE 023 426.