Hirai (D3) attended the Global Engineering for Development Environment and Society Student Activity Presentation on 6 February 2019. The presentation focused on TA activities as a doctoral student with lessons learned from the experience. Hirai served as a TA for the laboratory seminar to learn the basic structure for writing a dissertation. As a TA, Hirai conducted a workshop with lab-members based on the textbook, “Educational Research” (John Creswell – Phi Learning Private Limited – 2015). The workshop was conducted seven times. The contents of each workshop were 1) introduction, 2) the process of conducting research, 3) differences in quantitative and qualitative research, 4) identifying a research problem, 5) reviewing literature, 6) specifying a purpose, research questions, and hypothesis, and 7) collecting quantitative data.
Based on his TA activities, Hirai conducted the poster presentation with the title, “My experience of teaching assistant in laboratory seminar on research concept development.” He introduced objectives as a TA, activities, self-evaluation, and lessons learned. Hirai shared three objectives for his TA activities: 1) to deepen understanding of the framework for research concept development; 2) to improve skills to summarize information for a concise explanation; and 3) to improve skills for mutual communication in lecturer. According to these objectives, Hirai explained four major TA activities: 1) write a summary of the textbook, Educational Research; 2) receive advice from professor Yamaguchi based on the summary of the textbook; 3) prepare and conduct workshops, and; 4) receive feedback from lab members about the lecture.
In the Q and A session, Hirai received seven questions from the professors and students. The major questions were about the evaluation of the effectiveness of the workshop. He explained the method to evaluate the effectiveness of the workshop and his evaluation of the workshop.
As for the method to measure the effectiveness of the workshop, he explained that he had a reflection session with participants to see participants’ understanding of the contents and points to improve the workshop. Based on the feedback from participants, he evaluated that the workshop was effectively conducted to deepen participants’ understanding of the basic structure for writing a dissertation.
The lesson he learned from the presentation and discussion was the importance of forming more objective evaluation criteria in advance. Although he explained the effectiveness of the workshops based on opinions from participants collected through reflection sessions, he found that preparing objective evaluation criteria would help him to explain and justify the effectiveness of the workshop. Click the link to see the detail for the poster here.