ERIC Number: ED290137
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Oct
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University of Central Florida Clinical Reading Practicum Reports.
Thompson, Richard A.
Many teacher educators have concluded that the format of graduate reading practicum reports (which have been patterned after medical or psychological reports), needs to be reexamined or refined. In the University of Central Florida's reading practicum classes, practicum reports are becoming more simplified, with pedagogical and psychological jargon reduced, and unreliable tests replaced with objective assessments of students' reading problems. During the course, each graduate student is assigned from three to five elementary school students of similar ages, who come for instruction four days a week for five weeks. The graduate student administers (1) an informal reading inventory; (2) a criterion referenced reading test; (3) a diagnostic spelling test; (4) a word list; and (5) vision and hearing tests. During the sixth week of the practicum, after observing the reading students and conducting parent conferences, the graduate student writes a brief and precise case report describing each child's strengths and weaknesses and making recommendations for the classroom teacher and the child's parents. The practicum gives graduate students valuable experience in assessing and planning reading instruction to meet individual student needs, so that they will not be tied to basal programs that may be inappropriate. In addition, the simplified reports are useful tools for parents and classroom teachers. (A sample practicum report and six references are included.) (SKC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Note: Paper presented at the Great Lakes Regional Conference of the International Reading Association (Indianapolis, IN, October 1-3, 1987).