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Building successful partnerships between teaching assistants and teachers: Which interpersonal factors matter?

Jardí, A; Webster, R; Petreñas, C; Puigdellívol, I; (2022) Building successful partnerships between teaching assistants and teachers: Which interpersonal factors matter? Teaching and Teacher Education , 109 , Article 103523. 10.1016/j.tate.2021.103523. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

This article identifies the factors that characterise effective interpersonal partnerships between teaching assistants (TAs) and teachers working in inclusive schools in Catalonia (Spain). This phenomenological study, based on 40 semi-structured interviews with 22 TAs and 18 teachers revealed that the main interpersonal factors affecting partnerships were: feeling at ease; trust; respect; and valuing one another. Participants detailed key aspects such as personal affinity, professional compatibility, open communication, a sense of belonging to a class-group, and teamwork, as additionally important for successful partnerships. The findings provide insight into how schools can support the development of effective TA-teacher partnerships. Implications are discussed.

Type: Article
Title: Building successful partnerships between teaching assistants and teachers: Which interpersonal factors matter?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.tate.2021.103523
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tate.2021.103523
Language: English
Additional information: This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).
Keywords: Teaching assistants, Paraprofessionals, Partnership, Teachers, Collaboration, Inclusive education
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Psychology and Human Development
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Psychology and Human Development > IOE - PHD Centre for Inclusive Educ
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10136209
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