ERIC Number: EJ911505
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
Teaching Assistants Who Instruct Preparatory Mathematics to Academically-Challenged First-Year College Students
Tawfeeq, Dante A. L.
PRIMUS, v21 n1 p4-13 2011
Teaching preparatory mathematics to first-time college students--who come from economically impoverished high schools that have not prepared their students to do college level mathematics--can be a daunting task for teaching assistants (TAs). The preparation of TAs to assist such students in the mastery of mathematical content is a complex endeavor involving a balance between methodology and content issues related to the training of TAs from a teacher-centered perspective versus a student-centered perspective. We discuss the training of TAs who teach students who come to college with significant mathematical deficiencies, and describe a different approach for the training of college TAs. A tutor-based TA training model that borrows elements from 7-12 grade pre-service teacher preparation programs is suggested.
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, College Freshmen, Teaching Assistants, College Mathematics, College Preparation, Low Income Groups, Teaching Methods, Competence, Tutoring, Special Needs Students, At Risk Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Training
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Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
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