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Paint pot washers or pedagogues? Is gender an issue for Teaching Assistants?

Clarke, E. (2019) Paint pot washers or pedagogues? Is gender an issue for Teaching Assistants? Educational Review. ISSN 1465-3397

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Abstract

This paper considers the evolution of the teaching assistant (TA) role in English primary schools, from the once pejorative description of them as paint pot washers to current conceptualisations of them as pedagogues. How the TA role has evolved and the issues associated with the changes to their deployment in mainstream primary schools will be discussed. Questions will be raised in relation to the type of research undertaken on TAs and whether the overwhelmingly female population of English TAs has influenced the studies conducted. The paper will conclude by sharing the methodology and findings from a recently conducted feminist research project investigating TAs’ perceptions of their role.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2018 Taylor & Francis. This is an author-produced version of a paper accepted for publication in Educational Review. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Divisions: School of Teacher Development
Depositing User: Emma Clarke
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2018 15:02
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2019 14:20
URI: http://bgro.collections.crest.ac.uk/id/eprint/383

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