ERIC Number: ED358812
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Crossing Pedagogical Oceans: International Teaching Assistants in U.S. Undergraduate Education. ERIC Digest.
Smith, Rosslyn M.; And Others
This digest summarizes a longer document with the same title that discusses the problem of using, training, and assessing international teaching assistants (ITAs) in undergraduate education. Legislative mandates have appeared to assess and improve language and pedagogical skills of ITAs, and academies have likewise responded with workshops and seminars. Assessment instruments used for screening ITAs include commercially produced tests, oral interviews and communicative performance tests, and teaching simulations. More ITA communication research is needed in the following areas: (1) classroom characteristics; (2) methods and materials facilitating ITA training and assessment; (3) personal and professional results of training on ITAs; (4) effective intercultural orientation; (5) appropriate assessment and training for international faculty members; and (6) how institutions define and identify ITAs and the impact of ITA training and assessment on institutional goals for internationalization and multiculturalism. University administrators can support these training and assessment efforts by developing clearly defined and fair policies involving ITA training and assessment and enforcing them, providing stable and adequate program funding, and supporting scholarships focusing on the issues raised by ITA assessment and training. (GLR)
Descriptors: Communication Problems, Educational Legislation, Evaluation Methods, Foreign Students, Graduate Students, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Improvement, Language Proficiency, Postsecondary Education, Research Needs, Speech Communication, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Improvement, Teaching Assistants, Undergraduate Study
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, Washington, DC.; George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. School of Education and Human Development.