ERIC Number: ED453703
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
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Tomorrow's Professors: Helping University Teaching Assistants Develop Quality Instructional Skills.
Takalkar, Pradnya; Micceri, Theodore; Eison, James
The purpose of this study was to identify the training needs and preferences of Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) employed by a large state university that depends heavily on Teaching Assistants for lower level undergraduate instruction. A survey exploring 21 instructional skills relevant for GTA training was returned by 160 GTAs. More than half of the respondents had received either formal or informal instructional training proper to their current teaching assignment. Most of the GTAs reported that they enjoyed teaching and that teaching was very satisfying to them. However, half of them reported that teaching interfered with their graduate work. Also, almost none reported using computers for test creation, test scoring, or as electronic grade books. Respondents identified their greatest training needs as learning how to: (1) lecture effectively; (2) use other instructional methods; (3) motivate students; and (4) understand student characteristics. (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the combined Annual Meeting of the Southern Association for Institutional Research and the Society for College and University Planning (Memphis, TN, October 30-November 2, 1993).