eCite Digital Repository

Understanding the world of teaching: English teaching assistants' journey to role realization


Gube, JCC and Phillipson, S, Understanding the world of teaching: English teaching assistants' journey to role realization, Journal of Research in Education, 21, (2) Article 11. ISSN 1083-6470 (2011) [Refereed Article]

Not available

Copyright Statement

Copyright 2011 Eastern Educational Research Association

Official URL:


This study explored the role realization journey of 11 English Teaching Assistants (ETAs) in Hong Kong. Their journey is framed through the lenses of Shulman’s (1987) teaching elements of content pedagogical knowledge, knowledge of learners and their characteristics, and knowledge of educational contexts. Data from four different inquiry methods were analyzed and triangulated to map out the journey of the ETAs. During this journey, the ETAs were faced with demands for content knowledge and teaching whilst encountering educational and cultural differences in terms of students’ learning styles and working environment. The ETAs perceived these experiences as shaping their role as supportive teachers, but hoped for structured professional development to enhance their preparedness and credibility – an implication for teaching assistant training. Fundamentally, the ETAs’ readiness to embrace their role as teaching assistants through the many faces of culture, experiences and challenges surmounts their journey to understand the world of teaching.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Hong Kong, English teaching assistants, ETA, experiences
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Teacher and instructor development
UTAS Author:Gube, JCC (Mr Jan Gube)
UTAS Author:Phillipson, S (Dr Sivanes Phillipson)
ID Code:80638
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2012-11-06
Last Modified:2013-06-27

Repository Staff Only: item control page