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The Impact of Training on Teaching Assistants’ Professional Development: Opportunities and Future Strategy
This article draws from a study into the impact of training for teaching assistants (TAs), additional adults deployed to support children and teachers, in one urban local educational authority in England. The objectives of the study, commissioned by the local educational authority, were to identify training and professional development for TAs and to determine the impact of training on children’s achievement and TAs’ professionalism so as to inform future strategy for the content and delivery of continuing professional development for TAs.
Updated: Sep. 04, 2016
Teaching Assistants and Teacher Education in England: Meeting their Continuing Professional Development Needs
This article explores the role of teaching assistants in the training and assessment of primary initial teacher education students and considers their continuing professional development )CPD) needs in relation to this role. Most of the teaching assistants who participated in the research project worked in schools where initial teacher education (ITE) took place. However, teaching assistants were generally not given guidance on the needs of individual ITE trainees or information on Standards for QTS by their schools or by university-based tutors when visiting the school. Conclusions from the findings were that the majority of teaching assistants would welcome specific CPD in the area of ITE trainee support in schools and the potential role for teaching assistants within this.
Updated: Jul. 25, 2016
Examining Physics Graduate Teaching Assistants’ Pedagogical Content Knowledge for Teaching a New Physics Curriculum
In this study, the authors investigated the pedagogical content knowledge that physics graduate teaching assistants developed in the context of teaching a new introductory physics curriculum, Matter and Interactions. This study shows the complexity of adopting curriculum reforms and the necessity to support the faculty’s and teaching assistants’ knowledge development when a novel science curriculum is adopted.
Updated: Feb. 27, 2013
The current study examines the potential of employing recent graduates to facilitate the learning of current students in a BEd program. The study included 46 participants. The authors argue that the use of recent graduates is a form of intergenerational learning that is characterised by knowledge-based, as opposed to age-based, generations. The authors refer to the Jared Phenomenon as a special instance of intergenerational learning. The authors define this phenomenon, describe the contexts which it is applicable and identify three dilemmas associated with the application of this phenomenon.
Updated: Nov. 27, 2012
Beliefs About Classroom Practices and Teachers’ Education Level: An Examination of Developmentally Appropriate and Inappropriate Beliefs in Early Childhood Classrooms
The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between teachers’ educational levels and teacher beliefs about practices in early childhood classrooms. The authors examined differences between lead teachers and teacher assistants in publicly funded prekindergarten classrooms on their beliefs about developmentally appropriate and inappropriate practices. Primary findings suggest significant differences between lead teachers and teacher assistants in terms of their beliefs about both developmentally appropriate and inappropriate practices.
Updated: May. 09, 2012
The purpose of this paper is to report on some of the changes that have taken place in the working conditions of English primary school teachers following a national agreement governing the working conditions of teachers. The article is based on two sets of teacher interviews: the first set having been conducted in 2002 before the national agreement came into operation; and the second set taking place 4 years after its implementation in the same schools. The most significant change since the first survey has been the increase in the use of teaching assistants to undertake various duties. However, despite the reform, the time given to parents and dealing with pupils' problems as well as the teachers' workloads have increased.
Updated: Mar. 24, 2011
Mentorship of Graduate Teaching Assistants: Effects on Instruction and a Space for Preparing to Teach Adults
The current study examines the author's work with four graduate Teaching Assistants (TAs) as they joined her to teach a graduate course at San Francisco State University. The author sought the Teaching Assistants' perspective on how to improve instruction in a course students consistently described as highly rigorous. To understand how she provided mentorship, the author looks at the work she and the TAs did together to plan and teach the course and at the TAs' response to this work. The findings demonstrate that students still found course demands to be quite high.
Updated: Feb. 13, 2011
This paper derives from a case study of 10 secondary school teaching assistants (TAs) who did not have conventional pre-qualifications in mathematics. However, they undertook an honors degree in mathematics education studies at a Higher Education Institution in England whilst continuing to work as TAs in school. Work-based learning was thus undertaken in parallel with advancement through the hierarchical undergraduate mathematics curriculum.
Updated: Apr. 06, 2009