ERIC Number: EJ1130483
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
The Forgotten Educator: Experiential Learning's Internship Supervisor
Sosland, Jeffrey K.; Lowenthal, Diane J.
Journal of Political Science Education, v13 n1 p1-14 2017
Past studies have addressed the role of the university, student interns and, the faculty advisor; here, we attempt to fill in a missing piece of the experiential-learning process by examining the role and importance of the often overlooked internship supervisor. A survey was developed and distributed to 343 recent internship supervisors. Their responses show that many of these supervisors view internships as an important professional and educational experience. We argue here that the internship supervisor can maximize one's effectiveness when operating within a strong college or university educational infrastructure facilitated by an engaged and competent faculty advisor. Our recommendations were discussed and confirmed by a focus group of experienced faculty advisors.
Descriptors: Internship Programs, Practicum Supervision, Supervisors, Teacher Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Experiential Learning, Educational Experience, Professional Development, Online Surveys, Theory Practice Relationship, Employment Practices, Contracts, Role Perception, Relevance (Education), College Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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