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Section Name

Research on the Introductory Communication Course

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to assemble what our research says about graduate teaching assistant (GTA) training in general and specifically in departments of speech communication. Our hope is that, by compiling the four data sets into a comprehensive description of what is presently happening and what is needed in the area of GTA training, we will provide the empirical evidence campus and departmental administrators need to argue for increased activity at their own institutions. In particular, we will use data from the four samples to develop three models of GTA training: 1) the current state-of-the-art (the “real” model), 2) essential components of training that must be provided in some form (the “necessary” model), and 3) what, given the resources and energy required to achieve maximal success, might be undertaken in the not-too-distant future (the “ideal” model).