ERIC Number: ED433770
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jun
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The International GTA Problem: A New Approach. AIR 1999 Annual Forum Paper.
Smith, Laurinda G.; Downey, Ronald G.; Cox, Kelline S.
This paper describes the development and application of a 13-item survey to be completed by college students of their graduate teaching assistants'(GTAs) communication abilities. Survey results evaluating 114 native and non-native English speaking GTAs (217 sections, 4,651 students) were analyzed. Results indicated that nine GTAs (8 percent) were identified as having communication problems, two of which were native English speakers. Analysis indicated that the prediction of communication problems was related to many more factors than English skills including departmental GTA training, prior teaching experience, social skills of the GTA, difficulty of the discipline, and cultural differences in interacting in a class. Advantages of the use of the GTA Communication Survey are noted such as identifying important communication skills, providing a basis for following up on complaints about a GTA's communication skills, improving training for first-time GTAs, and demonstrating to students and others the institution's commitment to a quality teaching environment. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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