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ERIC Number: EJ915035
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-1363-2434
The Wider Pedagogical Role of Teaching Assistants
Webster, Rob; Blatchford, Peter; Bassett, Paul; Brown, Penelope; Martin, Clare; Russell, Anthony
School Leadership & Management, v31 n1 p3-20 Feb 2011
Teaching assistants (TAs) comprise a quarter of the school workforce in England and Wales. There has been controversy over TAs' deployment and appropriate role regarding supporting learning and these debates have been transformed by findings from the largest study of school support staff (the DISS project), which show that TA support has a negative impact on pupils' academic progress. This article conceptualises the most likely explanations for the negative effects of TA support in the form of the wider pedagogical role model, the components of which enable us to understand the effects of TA support in terms of the decisions made about TAs, rather than by them. (Contains 9 notes, 3 tables, and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Wales)