Teaching assistants managing behaviour – who knows how they do it? Agency is the answer

Clarke, E. and Visser, J. (2019) Teaching assistants managing behaviour – who knows how they do it? Agency is the answer. Support for Learning. ISSN 1467-9604

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This paper revisits a previous publication which questioned how Teaching Assistants (TAs) manage behaviour in mainstream English primary schools (Clarke and Visser, 2016). That paper highlighted the lack of specific research in the area and noted, that despite increases in research on TAs work, there remained a lack of understanding in relation to how TAs supported children’s non-academic or ‘soft skills’. Following on from that, this paper details the findings of a doctoral research project that investigated factors that constrained and supported TAs’ management of behaviour. Using the findings from that research, this paper offers suggestions to the to the question I outlined in the previous paper ‘Teaching Assistants managing behaviour - who knows how they do it?’ (Clarke and Visser, 2016). Concepts including TAs’ understanding of their ‘place’, the impact of agency and how consistency in a range of areas influenced the agency TAs experienced in managing behaviour will be discussed.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2019 Wiley. This is an author-produced version of a paper published in Support for Learning. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Divisions: School of Teacher Development
Depositing User: Emma Clarke
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2019 08:10
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2019 09:46
URI: https://bgro.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/577

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