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ERIC Number: EJ1155397
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Sep
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0047-231X
An Integrated Approach to Training Graduate Teaching Assistants
Gallardo-Williams, Maria Teresa; Petrovich, Lori Marie
Journal of College Science Teaching, v47 n1 p43-47 Sep 2017
We describe the implementation of a graduate teaching assistant (GTA) training program in the Department of Chemistry designed to integrate with the professional development initiatives of the Graduate School at a large, public, research-intensive university. The program is a 1-year course of study that offers graduate students a chance to demonstrate their commitment to teaching through training, evaluation, and recognition. Through critical reflection and application, participants learn the fundamental components of pedagogy, enriching their personal growth and professional development in teaching and learning. The program addresses content delivery as well as classroom management. As part of their participation in the program, GTAs complete three teaching workshops, undergo two formally documented classroom observations, and have access to online instructional support. Measurable outcomes include increased familiarity with teaching tools, enhanced enrollment of chemistry graduate students in advanced teaching programs offered by the Graduate School, and a surge in the number of universitylevel teaching awards for chemistry GTAs. We have received positive feedback from students and faculty, and have observed an increased level of GTA engagement. GTAs in the program were much more likely to interact with their students and supervisors in a positive way and to contribute teaching
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina (Raleigh)
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