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ERIC Number: EJ855230
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-1052-5629
Enhancing the Experience of Student Teams in Large Classes: Training Teaching Assistants to Be Coaches
Sargent, Leisa D.; Allen, Belinda C.; Frahm, Jennifer A.; Morris, Gayle
Journal of Management Education, v33 n5 p526-552 2009
To address the increasing demand for mass undergraduate management education and, at the same time, a greater emphasis on student teamwork, this study outlines the development, delivery, and evaluation of a training intervention designed to build team-coaching skills in teaching assistants. Specifically, "practice-centered" and "problem-centered" techniques were used to provide teaching assistants with experiential learning opportunities to help them develop their skills. The authors evaluated the training intervention using a mixed-method multiple-data source design. Both the teaching assistants being trained as well as the student teams' experiences and perceptions of their coaches' performance were assessed. The evaluation showed that teaching assistants reported finding the program a positive experience. Importantly, students with trained coaches reported higher levels of coaching performance, team functioning, and productivity than those with untrained coaches. The implications of this intervention are discussed. (Contains 3 tables and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; China; Hong Kong; Netherlands; Pakistan