ERIC Number: EJ721701
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-1
Reference Count: 28
The Place of the Practicum in Pre-Service Teacher Education: The Voice of the Students
Smith, Kari; Lev-Ari, Lilach
Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, v33 n3 p289-302 Nov 2005
The focus of this paper is the importance student teachers attribute to the practical experience of their teacher education program, the practicum. Four hundred and eighty student teachers from the largest teacher education institution in Israel responded to a questionnaire with 68 closed items asking for their evaluation of various components of the teacher education program in relation to preparing them for teaching, and about sources for support during the practicum. The main findings show that the practicum is evaluated highly by a large majority of students; however, students find importance in the more theoretical aspects of their education as well. Institutional-based supervisors of the practicum were perceived by student teachers to provide the strongest support, alongside peers and school-based mentors. School principals were perceived not to be supportive of student teachers during the practicum. The findings align with previous research in terms of importance of the practical aspects in preparation for teaching, however not as a replacement for theoretical courses. Moreover, findings suggest that school principals do not include school-based teacher education as part of their professional responsibility.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Teacher Attitudes, Program Effectiveness, Practicums, Preservice Teacher Education, Educational Experience, Student Teachers
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Israel