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ERIC Number: EJ897463
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-0736-7627
Knowledge or Feelings: First-Year Students' Perceptions of Graduate Teaching Assistants in Engineering
Cox, Monica F.; Zhu, Jiabin; Cekic, Osman; Chavela, Rocio; London, Jeremi
Journal of Faculty Development, v24 n1 p27-34 Jan 2010
In a first-year engineering course with an enrollment of approximately 1900 students per year, seventy-eight undergraduate engineering students' perceptions of their graduate teaching assistants were obtained using a modified Adjective Generation Technique. Based upon student feedback, researchers identified three themes of highest concern to the students: graduate teaching assistants' knowledge levels, their overall effectiveness, and their approachability. Examining the sequence of reflective words and informed by current literature, researchers found that most undergraduate students initially emphasized the knowledge level and the overall effectiveness (i.e., academic traits) of their graduate teaching assistants and then referred to the approachability of teaching assistants (i.e., personal traits). (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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