The TA Experience: Preparing for Multiple Roles

The TA Experience: Preparing for Multiple Roles

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Title: The TA Experience: Preparing for Multiple Roles
Author: Edited by Karron Lewis
Description: Here are Selected Readings from the 3rd National Conference on the Training and Employment of Graduate Teaching Assistants edited by Karron G. Lewis. This excellent volume highlights those aspects of the teaching assistantship which prepare graduate students for the multiple roles they play as assistants and for the multiple roles they will play as professionals upon leaving graduate school. A total of fifty-one articles comprise this unique work. The TA Experience will be a welcomed addition to your library!

SECTION I: Research Studies


 TA Roles

  1. Graduate Assistant Development: Problems of Role Ambiguity and Faculty Supervision
    Lisa Duba-Biedermann
  2. Discussing Job Expectations and Workload: Using the TA Position and Course Description
    William E. Davis
  3. The CCCC's “Statement of Principles and Standards for the Postsecondary Teaching of Writing": Implications for Writing Program Administrators and TAs
    Karen Dwyer and Irwin Weiser
  4. Identification and Validation of Training Needs for Teaching Assistants
    Wendy S. Zabava Ford
  5. Investigating Differences in TA Confidence
    Ruth Streveler

TA Effectiveness

  1. Evaluating the Evaluation Measures: What Do We Expect from TA Teaching and How Are We Measuring What We Get?
    Mary B. Bort and Nancy L Buerkel-Rothfuss
  2. Undergraduate Attitudes and Anxieties in Foreign Language Classes Taught by TAs
    Rosslyn M. Smith and Robert J. Morris
  3. A Comparative Study of the Teaching Effectiveness for Three Groups of Graduate Teaching Assistants in Accounting
    Kenneth Jerich and Linda M. Leinicke

TA Attitudes

  1. Attitudes about TA Training: Congruence of Perceptions at Three Levels of the Academic Hierarchy
    Nancy L. Buerkel-Rothfuss and Pamela L. Gray
  2. International Teaching Assistants and Minority Students: The Two Sides of Cultural Diversity in American Higher Education
    Susan Jenkins and Donald Rubin

TA Discourse

  1. 11. Responding to Student Questions: An Analysis of Teaching Assistant Discourse
    Ann Robinson

SECTION II Development Programs for TAs


Campus Wide Programs

  1. Preparing TAs for Their Instructional Roles by Developing Collaborative Relationships Between An Instructional Development Center and Administrators, Departments, and TAs
    Donald H. Wulff; Robert D. Abbott and Jody D. Nyquist
  2. Beyond TA Orientations: Reconceptualizing the Ph.D. Degree in Terms of Preparation for Teaching
    Leo M. Lambert
  3. The Graduate Teacher Certification Program: Description and Assessment after Two Years
    Laura Border
  4. A Knowledge Base for Educating Graduate Assistants to be Effective Instructors at Illinois State University
    Kenneth Jerich
  5. Effective Use of Trained Teaching Assistants in Improving the Retention of University Students
    Christopher Bolgiano and G.R Horton
  6. The University of Washington's Entry-Level Initiative: Training Lead TAs to Enhance Undergraduate Learning
    Ken White, Sara Selfe, Mark Roddy and Klaus Brandl
  7. The Teaching Associate Program: A Collaborative Approach
    Lavon Gappa
  8. The TA Initiative: An Innovative Program for the Preparation and Support of Teaching Assistants at the University of Arizona
    Kristopher A. Weatherly
  9. Using Modeling to Develop Teaching Effectiveness and "Classroom Sense" in Graduate Teaching Assistants
    Judith R Strozer
  10. Establishing an Effective, Voluntary Teaching Assistant Training Program in a Large Decentralized University Setting
    Judith S. Craig and Robert Ostergren
  11. Using Teaching Modules to Train and Supervise Graduate TAs
    Victor A. Benassi Loredana Maggiora Harrison, and Elizabeth A. Jordan
  12. Designing Participation into Classroom Activities: Action Oriented TA Training
    Pamela Sherer and Timothy Shea
  13. Graduate Students as Instructional Consultants: Case Studies from Two Universities
    Robert Petrulis, Stephen Carroll and Lisa Skow
  14. The Self-Authored Case Study: A Powerful Tool in the Education of TAs and Faculty Members Alike
    Bill Rando, Mitchell Diaz and Jacqueline Mintz

Discipline-Specific Programs

  1. Training TAs In Disciplinary Clusters: A Cost-Effective Alternative to Departmental Programs
    Linda Nilson
  2. Finding a Common Language: Bridging the Expectations Gap in Developing a Teaching Assistant Training Program that Crosses Disciplinary Cultural Boundaries
    Barbara E. Bender and Linda G. Schulze
  3. Course-Specific Resource Manual for Chemistry Laboratory Courses
    Tris Samberg, Deborah Winregand and Sara Selfe

SECTION III Mentoring as a TA Development Technique  


  1. The Sorcerer's Apprentice: Toward a Life Without the Wizard
    Clyde F. Herreid
  2. Beyond the Teaching Assistantship: Mentoring the Next Generation of Faculty
    Jack Baker II and William E. Davis
  3. Collaborative Learning and Teaching: A Model for Mentoring TAs
    Kristine Hansen, Phillip A. Snyder, Nancy Davenpor and Kimberli Stafford
  4. Investment in Teaching: Mentoring for Teaching Assistants
    Kathleen Smith

SECTION IV: Diversity Issues in TA Development


  1. Designing Programs on Social Diversity for TAs
    Nancy Van Note Chism
  2. Using Diversity Videotapes in TA Training
    Brooke L. Quigley, Jody D. Nyquist and Katherine G. Hendrix
  3. “Race" and "Ethnicity": Historical, Anthropological and Instructional Perspectives
    C. K Szego

SECTION V: Evaluating Your TA Development Program


  1. Adapting to Attitude Differences: A Factor Analytic Profile of Graduate Teaching Assistants
    Pamela L. Gray and Nancy Buerkel-Rothfuss
  2. Assessing the Learning Outcomes of Instructional Preparation Seminars for TAs
    Lisa Firing Lenze
  3. Effectiveness of a Teaching Support Program from the TA Perspective
    Jon R Poole and Don R Sebolt
  4. The Use of a Clinical Supervision Model for the Training of Graduate Teaching Assistants
    Kenneth F. Jerich
  5. Future Engineering Faculty: An Assessment of Engineering TAs
    Lisa M. White

SECTION VI: Teaching Strategies for TAs


  1. The Tutor as Creative Teacher: Balancing Collaborative and Directive Teaching Styles
    Susan E. Blalock
  2. Helping TAs Use Writing Activities to Enhance Their Teaching: Advice to Writing Consultants
    Deborah H. Hatch

SECTION VII: International TA Development


  1. Changing (and unchanging) Attitudes and Values of New ITAs: Training Curricula Implications
    Carol Numrich
  2. Approaching ITA Language Tutorials from a Collaborative Consultation Perspective
    Karen Freisem and Margaret Lawrence
  3. Models of an Oral Proficiency Program for ITAs
    Shirley E. Ostler and Marilyn Perlmutter
  4. Making the Connection Between Telephone Tapes and Customized Audiotaping: Getting Natural Language Input for Monitored Speech Output
    Ghislaine Kozuh
  5. Implications of Student Evaluations of Teaching for ITA Development
    Darwin D. Hendel, Trudy Dunham, Jan Smith, Jeanne Solberg
    Connie Tzenis, Carol Carrier and Karin Smith
  6. Insights into ITA Instruction in Problem-Solving Courses Through Student Perceptions at Midterm
    Gabriele Bauer and Mark W. Tanner
  7. The Balanced Equation for Training Chemistry ITAs
    Mark W. Tanner, Sara Selfe and Deborah Wiegand

SECTION VIII: Invited Addresses


  1. The Birth and Growth of a College Teacher
    Maryellen Weimer
  2. Why Teaching Is Important
    Barbara Jordan
Details: 1993 [ISBN: 0-913507-55-5; 448 pages soft cover; 8.5-by-11-inch]