ERIC Number: EJ1142989
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Research and Teaching: Teaching Assistant and Faculty Perceptions of Ongoing, Personalized TA Professional Development: Initial Lessons and Plans for the Future
Ridgway, Judith S.; Ligocki, Isaac Y.; Horn, Jonathan D.; Szeyller, Erica; Breitenberger, Caroline A.
Journal of College Science Teaching, v46 n5 p73-83 May 2017
Professional development (PD) for graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) has been repeatedly emphasized as an essential component of future faculty training. Nonetheless, attempts to integrate PD programs into graduate curriculum are met with resistance from some stakeholders. The authors investigated stakeholders' perceptions of a novel GTA PD program implemented in The Ohio State University (OSU) Center for Life Sciences Education (CLSE), which coordinates biology courses at an R1 institution. GTAs involved in the program reported an increased sense of preparedness to teach, felt well-supported in their teaching, and critically reflected on their own teaching. This article describes program improvements based on feedback from this study. Although the independent PD course portion of the program always had a menu of developmentally appropriate activities for novice, midcareer, and veteran TAs, the CLSE made those options more transparent with group-specific syllabi and planning sheets that clarify the activities' relevance. The findings, TA PD resources, and ideas for future directions for the OSU CLSE TA PD program provide valuable guidance for other institutions seeking to provide quality ongoing training for GTAs.
Descriptors: Teaching Assistants, College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Individualized Instruction, Faculty Development, Biological Sciences, Program Improvement, Feedback (Response), Instructional Effectiveness, Value Added Models, Performance Factors, Focus Groups, Teacher Surveys
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio
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