ERIC Number: EJ1143172
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
To What Extent Are Teaching Assistants "Really" Managed?: "I Was Thrown in the Deep End, Really; I Just Had to More or Less Get on with It"
Basford, Elisabet; Butt, Graham; Newton, Richard
School Leadership & Management, v37 n3 p288-310 2017
The main aim of this research was to secure a better understanding of how local authorities (LAs), senior leadership teams (SLTs) and teachers in state schools perceive their responsibilities for the deployment, leadership and management of teaching assistants (TAs). Current research in the field--some of which has been highly influential on policy--has largely focused on aspects of TA performance and pupil attainment. Importantly, we have chosen to investigate how TAs and SLTs themselves describe their experiences of management. TAs, teachers, senior leaders in primary schools and LA advisors, across two LAs, were surveyed. Based on 55 questionnaire responses, 23 interviews and 2 focus groups we found evidence of a dislocation of management priorities for effective TA deployment. What emerged was a strong sense of "otherness" felt by many TAs, who believed themselves to be dissociated from their own management. We conclude that TAs make up a workforce that "appears" to be closely managed but which is in fact often poorly led, resulting in feelings of detachment.
Descriptors: Teaching Assistants, Teacher Supervision, Foreign Countries, Administrator Attitudes, Questionnaires, Semi Structured Interviews, Focus Groups, Student Teacher Attitudes, Supervisor Supervisee Relationship, Qualifications, Educational Planning
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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