ERIC Number: EJ897452
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
What Is Missing in the International Teaching Assistants Training Curriculum?
Journal of Faculty Development, v23 n2 p19-24 May 2009
The increasing number of international teaching assistants (ITAs) in American undergraduate courses presents continued sociocultural, linguistic, and pedagogical challenges. Remaining underdeveloped, ITA training has attracted less attention in recent years. I urge a renewed enthusiasm for developing effective training curriculum. I review the focus of the ITA training curriculum over the past 30 years in terms of its content, implementation process, and context, and examine the missing elements that can make the training effective. I incorporate theories of multicultural education and postmodernism, and situate the discussion in the framework of professional development. As a conceptual analysis, this paper focuses on the why of integrating the missing elements, rather than the how of improving the curriculum in concrete steps.
Descriptors: Multicultural Education, Faculty Development, Postmodernism, Teaching Assistants, Curriculum Evaluation, Curriculum Implementation, Curriculum Research, International Education, Program Effectiveness, Teacher Education Programs, Barriers, Change Strategies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
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