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ERIC Number: ED309886
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jul
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Alternative Practicum Support Services: Developmentally Appropriate Practice for Early Childhood Teacher Education Students.
Williams, Helen; McBride, Noelene
This paper reports the opinions of Australian second- and third-year early childhood education students concerning the benefits of a collegial support program designed to assist professional development by improving the quality of practicum supervision. It was expected that as a result of improved supervision, students would experience increased learning about teaching, improved interpersonal relationships with peers and college staff, enhanced self-esteem, and increased social support. Fifty student teachers in both urban and rural centers were included in the program. Before and during their practicums, students were involved in a series of workshops, which were attended, on the average, by 10 students and 1 staff member. Students' views of the effectiveness of the program were elicited by questionnaires and interviews. Students also kept a reflective diary throughout the practicum. The following trends were apparent in the workshops: open communication skills, conflict management techniques, increased critical self-reflection, a common shared language, and support groups mechanisms. Favorable responses from students indicated that the program should be continued and possibly extended. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Australia