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Section Name

1992 Speech Communication Association Basic Course Committee Award Winning Papers

Abstract

1992 Award Winning Paper in Basic Course Research

This case study provides an initial inquiry into graduate teaching assistants' (GTA) perceived credibility of a basic course director (BCD), specifically isolating their perception of the teaching and research competence of the BCD. The results indicate that the perceived credibility may be tied to both teaching and research competence, appears to be extremely important to the GTAs, and implies that low credibility would have many unpleasant effects on the staff, their teaching and the graduate program as a whole. This case study points to the need for more research to identify variables associated with the credibility of BCDs as a way to strengthen the quality of the basic course.