ERIC Number: ED202821
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Role of the Practicum in Bridging the Gap Between School and University.
The traditional goals of teacher education programs in Canada are preparing teachers who can work within existing school systems, who are knowledgeable in subject areas, and who have skills in various teaching techniques. These goals are at variance with the recognized need on the part of the schools for teachers who can integrate theory and practice, who have the ability to analyze critically, and who have perceptions and skills to implement changes. To enrich the practicum period to the mutual advantage of both students and cooperating teachers, Canadian teacher education programs should develop practicums that: (1) develop a closer philosophic match between school and university; (2) develop a clear understanding of the impact of intervention in the school by the university supervisor; (3) provide opportunity for mutual involvement in planning of practicums; (4) use the practicum as a school-focused form of professional development for cooperating teachers; and (5) utilize the practicum as the core component in the teacher education process. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Simon Fraser Univ., Burnaby (British Columbia).; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the Western Canadian Association for Student Teaching (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, March 13, 1980).