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Teaching assistants’ conditions of employment and workload: Reliance upon goodwill and ad hoc systems of preparation time

Bovill, Helen

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This paper draws upon research with a group of work-based students studying for a Foundation Degree in Educational Support. It highlights levels of goodwill evident within their day to day planning and preparation and the ad hoc nature of opportunities for teachers and teaching assistants to work together for planning and feedback purposes. This paper will demonstrate evidence that the high workload experienced by teachers may now be experienced by some teaching assistants. Main findings presented are that as teaching assistants’ roles have become more pedagogically focussed, opportunities to plan and prepare with teachers have become essential to their role. However, time for teachers and teaching assistants to plan and prepare together is not a priority. Many teaching assistants increasingly spend their own time planning and preparing to be able to practise effectively. Some evidence here suggests this is expected rather than voluntary and has become part of the ‘culture’ of the teaching assistant profession. Further research is needed to explore this.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jun 1, 2017
Journal Teacher Education Advancement Network
Print ISSN 2054-5266
Publisher Teacher Education Advancement Network
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 9
Issue 2
Pages 24-34
APA6 Citation Bovill, H. (2017). Teaching assistants’ conditions of employment and workload: Reliance upon goodwill and ad hoc systems of preparation time. Teacher Education Advancement Network, 9(2), 24-34
Keywords teaching assistant professionalism, goodwill, ad hoc planning, effective practice, cultural expectations, conditions of employment
Publisher URL https://www.cumbria.ac.uk/research/enterprise/tean/tean-journal/
Related Public URLs http://194.81.189.19/ojs/index.php/TEAN/article/view/383/501

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