I am more than just a TA!

Emira, M (2011) 'I am more than just a TA!' Management in Education, 25 (4). pp. 163-174. ISSN 0892-0206

Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1177/0892020611411963

Abstract

This article is based on the findings of a funded research project. It examines the perspectives of teaching assistants (TAs) and higher-level teaching assistants (HLTAs) on their responsibilities and their views on leadership and management to see how they might have a role in leadership and management. The sample (N = 58) was drawn from schools in the English Midlands. The research followed a sequential mixed method approach which involved a survey and follow-up semi-structured interviews respectively. No major differences were found between the views of TAs and HLTAs. They believed leadership is centred on the support they get from their workplace/colleagues and their engagement in decision-making. They have a preference for the collaborative form of leadership. Although the findings show how TAs and HLTAs perceive leadership and management, which might illuminate some ideas about engaging them in this process, schools have to decide how to meet their own needs.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: responsibilities, teaching assistants (TAs), higher-level teaching assistants (HLTAs), leadership, management
Divisions: Institute for Education
Date Deposited: 03 May 2018 09:53
Last Modified: 29 May 2018 09:28
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