Overview of TAs’ self-efficacy in Hong Kong and reform suggestion to teaching assistants’ training program to accommodate students with special education need

Kuen Fung SIN, Chun Wai LUM, Tze Leung Rick LUI, Sheung Ching YUNG

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Abstract

Supporting students with special education needs (SEN) in classroom is a main duty for teaching assistant (TA). According to the Code of Practice of Education, students with SEN in Hong Kong were encouraged to enroll in mainstream school. Therefore, TAs are inevitable to work with students with SEN. This research was an investigation on TAs’ self-efficacy which was a factor that would affect students’ achievements and classroom management. There were two purposes in this research. First, level of TAs’ self-efficacy would be explored. Second, the effect of training course to accommodate students with SEN on TA’s selfefficacy would be studied and further suggestions on training course reformation would be made. Quantitative method was adopted in this study. 463 TAs had participated in this study, and their self-efficacy had been tested in 5 domains: teaching support, learning support, behavior management, cooperation and administrative support. Data indicated that TAs were most confident in cooperation and least confident in teaching support and behaviour management. Training to support students with special education needs (SEN) were found to contribute to TAs’ self-efficacy in all 5 domains. However, no differences were found among different training hours because the training course cannot meet the needs of TA. This paper suggested that future TA training course should put more emphasis on teaching support and behavior management. Copyright © 2017 The Education University of Hong Kong.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2017

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Sin, K. F., Lum, C. W., Lui, T. L. R., & Yung, S. C. (2017, November). Overview of TAs’ self-efficacy in Hong Kong and reform suggestion to teaching assistants’ training program to accommodate students with special education need. Paper presented at the WERA Focal Meeting & HKERA International Conference 2017 (WERA-HKERA 2017): Innovation, Reform and Education Change in a Contemporary World, The Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.