ERIC Number: EJ1078425
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
Being the Wizard behind the Curtain: Teaching Experiences of Graduate Teaching Assistants with Disabilities at U.S. Universities
Damiani, Michelle L.; Harbour, Wendy S.
Innovative Higher Education, v40 n5 p399-413 Nov 2015
This study investigated the teaching experiences of graduate students with disabilities, using 12 semi-structured in-person and phone interviews. We selected participants using stratified random sampling representing diverse disabilities, degree programs, and regions of the United States. Findings suggest that students engage in complex self-accommodation influenced by their dual roles as students and employees. Students also discussed their development as instructors and the need for mentoring and campus spaces for disability. We utilize the metaphor of the "wizard behind the curtain" to explain how these students actively navigate graduate school.
Descriptors: Teaching Experience, Teaching Assistants, Disabilities, Investigations, Graduate Students, Semi Structured Interviews, Professional Development, Student Employment, Mentors, Accessibility (for Disabled), Student Attitudes, Student Experience
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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