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ERIC Number: EJ1055026
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2368-4526
Clinical and Practicum Education in the Professions: The Student Voice
Ralph, Edwin; Wimmer, Randy; Walker, Keith
Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, v1 p55-60 2008
Undergraduate students in professional education programs typically rate their clinical or practicum experiences as the most important component of their entire pre-service preparation. This essay addresses the value of students' views regarding the effectiveness of practicum programs. We summarize the views of 546 post-practicum students from three professional disciplines (engineering, nursing, and teacher education), concerning what they considered to be the most positive and negative aspects of their respective practicum/clinical field-experiences. Our data analysis revealed three positive themes across the disciplines: the supportive interrelationships that students experienced; their own professional achievements; and their personal contribution to the welfare of their clients/pupils. Three negative elements also emerged: individual personal/professional challenges; site-based interpersonal conflicts; and policy or procedural problems with the program. Implications are raised for practicum administrators regarding the contribution of the student voice to clinical program enhancement.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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