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Teaching assistants and pupils' academic and social engagement in mainstream schools : insights from systematic literature reviews

By Wasyl Cajkler and Geoff Tennant


The last twenty years have seen a huge expansion in the additional adults working in classrooms in the UK, USA, and other countries. This paper presents the findings of a series of systematic literature reviews about teaching assistants (TAs). The first two reviews focused on stakeholder perceptions of TAs’ contributions to academic and social\ud engagement, namely the perceptions of pupils, teachers, TAs, headteachers and parents on\ud four principal contributions that teaching assistants contribute to: pupils’ academic and\ud socio-academic engagement; inclusion; maintenance of stakeholder relations; and support for the teacher. The third review explored training of TAs. Against a background of patchy training provision both in the UK and the USA, strong claims are made for the benefits to TAs of training provided, particularly in building confidence and skills. The conclusions include implications for further training and the need for further research to gain an in-depth understanding of the way TAs engage with children.peer-reviewe

Topics: Social learning, Emotional maturity, Teachers' assistants
Publisher: Centre for Resilence & Socio-Emotional Health
Year: 2009
OAI identifier: oai:www.um.edu.mt:123456789/6092
Provided by: OAR@UM

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