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ERIC Number: EJ821549
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-0957-5146
"Whoops, I Forgot David": Children's Perceptions of the Adults Who Work in Their Classrooms
Eyres, Ian; Cable, Carrie; Hancock, Roger; Turner, Janet
Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, v24 n2 p149-162 2004
This article reports on the findings of a small-scale study into the perceptions of 78 primary school children regarding the adults in their classrooms. The data show that children easily differentiate between their own class teacher and other adults, but report a substantial overlap between the activities of teachers and teaching assistants. Some express the difference in terms of status rather than role. Accounts call into question the notion that teaching assistants "help" rather than teach and that there is a clear division of labour between them and teachers. Teachers and assistants are seen as working in an interdependent way, with each making a significant contribution to children's learning. The difficulties of using children's language as evidence are considered and it is concluded that the notion of a "remodelled" primary school workforce needs to take into account the ways in which teachers and assistants maintain fluid working relationships. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom