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Achieving Harmony: Tuning into Practice
Wednesday, June 17 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
POSTER.30 - The impact of practice on graduate students’ confidence to give a lecture

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In this poster session, we will present findings from a study conducted at the University of Guelph that measured changes in graduate students’ confidence to lecture after delivering a practice lecture and providing/receiving feedback. Participants can expect to identify ways to nurture instructor self-confidence in teaching and to reflect on the role of confidence in their own teaching practice. Teaching workshops are one of the most common forms of professional development for teaching assistants at institutions across Canada. Yet research has suggested that workshops have limited long-term impact on teaching behaviour and attitudes, and student learning (Prieto & Meyers, 2001). With an interest in improving the efficacy of teaching workshops in improving teaching attitudes, and building on Boman’s work (2013), we designed this study to explore the relationship between practice lecturing and graduate student confidence to give a lecture. Our specific research question was “What impact, if any, does practice have on graduate students’ confidence to give a lecture?” Following from this question, we asked “Should practice be incorporated into graduate student teaching development workshops?” Our poster will not only present findings from this study, but will actively engage poster viewers through dialogue with presenters and the poster itself in considering opportunities for incorporating practice in their own experience as educators and life-long learners. 


Boman, J. (2013). Graduate student teaching development: Evaluating the effectiveness of training in relation to graduate student characteristics. Canadian Journal of Higher Education 43(1): 100-114.

Boman, J. (2008). Outcomes of a graduate teaching assistant training program (Ph.D. Dissertation). The University of Western Ontario, Canada.

Prieto, L. R., & Meyers, S. (2001). The teaching assistant training handbook: How to prepare TAs for their responsibilities. Stillwater, OK: New Forums Press.

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Meagan Troop (University of Guelph)

Curriculum Consultant for the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation, University of Guelph

Wednesday June 17, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Bayshore Foyer

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