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ERIC Number: EJ1061873
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 77
ISSN: ISSN-0305-7925
Student Teachers' Views of Practicums (Teacher Training Placements) in Turkish and English Contexts: A Comparative Study
Busher, Hugh; Gündüz, Müge; Cakmak, Melek; Lawson, Tony
Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, v45 n3 p445-466 2015
How student teachers experience their transformation into serving teachers in the liminal social spaces of the school-based practicum (teaching practice) is of key importance to them, their future students and their educators. The practicum is a challenging experience for student teachers, even with help from university and school-based mentors, as their knowledge of practice, power and culture in schools lacks sophistication. The practicum, an under-researched but important aspect of education, was investigated by this study by asking 480 student teachers in three universities in Turkey and England in 2010-2011 about how well their universities prepared them for the practicum, what made practicums successful and how practicums fostered their professional development. Participants generally thought the practicum helped them to develop skills in student and classroom management, in meeting students' diverse learning needs, in recognising multiple students' perspectives and in grounding their understanding of what it meant to be a teacher "for real".
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Turkey; United Kingdom (England)