ERIC Number: ED338365
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Staffing the Practicum: Towards a New Set of Basics through Clarifying Roles.
MacNaughton, Glenda; Clyde, Margaret
This paper discusses the practicum component of teacher education, particularly as it is implemented at the School of Early Childhood Studies (SECS) of the University of Melbourne (Victoria), Australia. The purpose of the practicum is to socialize students into their profession and give them the opportunity to acquire relevant skills. The three key players in the practicum are the field supervisor, the tertiary supervisor, and the student. The field supervisor's roles include those of counselor, observer, and mentor. One function of the field supervisor is to provide feedback to the student teacher. The skill of providing feedback can be enhanced by in-service training. The role of the student is based on two premises about adult learning: (1) adults learn developmentally; and (2) adults need different periods of time to assume new skills. These premises constitute the basis for the competency-based approach to practicums used by SECS. At SECS, a student assessment procedure that involves the student, the field supervisor, and the tertiary supervisor has been developed. Field supervisors have positively evaluated the triadic assessment used. A seven-item bibliography is included. (BC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the National Workshop on Early Childhood Practicum (1st, Frankston, Victoria, Australia, June 7-8, 1990).