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The niche of Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs): perceptions and reflections

Muzaka, Valbona (2009) The niche of Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs): perceptions and reflections Teaching in Higher Education, 14, (1), pp. 1-12. (doi:10.1080/13562510802602400).

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The aim of this paper is to contribute to a better understanding of the GTAs’ niche in the current UK higher education system by means of reflecting on the results of a survey undertaken at a department of the University of Sheffield. The survey highlights that GTAs occupy an ambiguous niche; they are simultaneously teachers, researchers, students and employees, with considerable tensions emerging as a result of the often conflicting rights and responsibilities associated with such roles. The paper concludes that a dialogue should take place within and between universities in order to decide the desired status of the GTA within the UK higher education system and design a workable framework to sustain it

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Published date: February 2009
Keywords: graduate teaching assistants, uk higher education, doctoral students, teaching quality


Local EPrints ID: 71202
ISSN: 1356-2517
PURE UUID: 331ee682-5b46-4180-95e2-7403e87eca35

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Date deposited: 28 Jan 2010
Last modified: 19 Jul 2017 00:01

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