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ERIC Number: EJ825420
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-1356-2517
The Niche of Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs): Perceptions and Reflections
Muzaka, Valbona
Teaching in Higher Education, v14 n1 p1-12 Feb 2009
The aim of this paper is to contribute to a better understanding of the Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs') niche in the current UK higher education system by means of reflecting on the results of a survey undertaken at a department of the University of Sheffield. The survey highlights that GTAs occupy an ambiguous niche; they are simultaneously teachers, researchers, students and employees, with considerable tensions emerging as a result of the often conflicting rights and responsibilities associated with such roles. The paper concludes that a dialogue should take place within and between universities in order to decide the desired status of the GTA within the UK higher education system and design a workable framework to sustain it. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom