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ERIC Number: ED456651
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-May-17
Pages: 26
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Toward a Comprehensive Conceptualization of TA Education: Contents, Commitments, Structures.
Byrnes, Heidi
This paper focuses on the preparation of graduate students for teaching within graduate foreign language departments. Despite big changes and much effort that has gone into reforming the training and teaching of language education professional in recent years, teaching assistant education within the intellectual-academic work of graduate programs has been given limited attention. Very little is done to help graduate student teaching assistants become productive and successful teacher-researchers. It is argued that the foreign language profession in general and graduate programs in particular must aggressively pursue a comprehensive reconceptualization of the preparation of graduate students for teaching. An academic focus must be found that is encompassing enough to accommodate teaching and research issues in an inclusive fashion. Faculty members of a graduate program must take responsibility for educating the department's graduate students as teachers. These issues are examined in the context of a case study relating to such issues as they were encountered at the German Department at Georgetown University. The details and results of attempts to implement these changes in that department are discussed in detail. (Contains 41 references.) (KFT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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