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Training graduate teaching assistants: What can the discipline offer?

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Michael Barr, Dr Paul Wright



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Palgrave Macmillan Ltd, 2019.

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Graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) provide an invaluable contributionto higher education, yet their role is often overlooked and understudied. We reporton a UK-based study to describe the experience and views of GTAs with particularfocus on training and professional development. Our findings draw from a surveyof 32 GTAs along with informal group discussions with a small number of undergraduatesand academic staff. A key theme from our project is the value of subjectspecifictraining. We explore this issue and raise the possibility that in addition touniversity departments, learned societies and academic associations within the disciplinemay have a role to play in providing pedagogical training for GTAs and earlycareer academics.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Barr M, Wright P

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: European Political Science

Year: 2019

Volume: 18

Issue: 1

Pages: 143-156

Print publication date: 01/03/2019

Online publication date: 22/06/2018

Acceptance date: 28/05/2018

Date deposited: 12/07/2018

ISSN (print): 1680-4333

ISSN (electronic): 1682-0983

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Ltd


DOI: 10.1057/s41304-018-0175-6


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