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ERIC Number: ED412542
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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TA Training: The Process of Becoming.
Rhodes, Barbara C.
The purpose of having Teaching Assistants (TAs) seems to be 3-fold: (1) to provide a system of load-relief for senior faculty who are completing research; (2) to help offset the operational costs of the administration of higher education; and (3) to regularly train a body of people who will influence the future face of academia. A positive experience for the TA enhances the reputation of particular departments and institutions which then becomes a built-in recruitment tool. The TAs' value to the university depends essentially on their training; the training must be meaningful and focused and valued for its commitment to teaching well. The philosophy of the Department of English and Philosophy at Central Missouri State University is to model for the TAs as many different authentic scenarios as possible and have TAs come into their own style and method of getting the same information across to the students with positive results. For example, each August before the start of school, the Director of Freshman Composition (supervisor of TAs) conducts a syllabus workshop which centers on: the text, the syllabus, the scheduling of assignments, the first few days, and includes collaboration in working out the first four weeks of a syllabus. Funding for TAs to present conference papers and salary considerations are also discussed. The best of all worlds is when TAs can work collaboratively with their supervisor in the process of becoming educators of merit. (CR)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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