International Journal of Lightweight Materials and Manufacture

Wray, M. (2021) International Journal of Lightweight Materials and Manufacture. Support for Learning, 36 (1). pp. 102-105. ISSN 1467-9604

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This paper examines the perceptions of staff within a university in the UK, of the role of teaching assistants and centrally located disability services. Staff were generally positive about support available although when communication had broken down this led to a lack of trust with centrally organised support. Staff were happy for support staff to be available within the classroom although this role was misunderstood. At times tensions arose around adjustments to classroom practices which were recommended by centrally located staff. Paradoxically, centrally organised support may have acted as a barrier to more inclusive teaching practice: whilst teaching staff often disagreed with recommendations for adjustments to teaching practice made by central staff they were nonetheless reluctant to take on the role of acting as the expert in these situations. Implications for practice and service delivery are discussed alongside suggestions for future research.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: teaching assistants, higher education, disability services, academic staff.
Divisions: North Wales Business School
Depositing User: Hayley Dennis
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2022 11:02
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2022 11:02

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