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ERIC Number: ED423773
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 147
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Canadian Initiatives: International Teaching Assistant Professional Development.
Penner, Janice Gwen Trudy
This paper presents an analysis of existing professional development activities for international teaching assistants (ITAs), graduate students from abroad, at Canadian universities. It is based on Sork's Basic Elements of Program Planning model which highlights active elements in program planning. The first chapter discusses factors external to the planning context (such as internationalization, accountability, and demands for consumer satisfaction) and concerns about the quality of instruction and professional development activities on postsecondary campuses. The following chapters are devoted to each of the model's planning elements as applied to ITA professional development. These are: (1) client systems, (2) planning context, (3) justification and focus of professional development, (4) intended outcomes, (5) instructional plan, (6) program evaluation, and (7) funding and promotion. Recommendations in the last chapter address the language proficiency of international graduate students, instructional screening for all teaching assistants, careful examination of ITA screening issues before policies are made, and collaborative ITA professional development activities. Four appendices list ITA professional development activities in Canada, contacts for this study, locations of universities mentioned in the study, and a draft of a needs assessment strategy. (Contains approximately 150 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada