Prospective Teachers' Teaching Practice at the University of the South Pacific
Date: October, 02, 2017 12:51 Age: 20 days
Presenter: Ms Kusum Prakash, Practicum Office, School of Education, Faculty of Arts, Law and Education, The Unversity of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji.
Teaching practicum is a central component in any teacher education program. It is also a time for student teachers to experiment with the knowledge obtained and put into practice. Since this is their first real attempt in teaching, problems are expected to arise as teaching is a complex undertaking. Therefore, this study was conducted in an effort to understand what the student teachers went through during their 14-week placement in school. In addition, the study looked into the suggestions given to the university to further improve the program in the future. This study employed a questionnaire survey, interview with ten student teachers and five university lecturers, and document study of the lecturers' and the associate teachers' assessment reports and the student teachers' reflective journals.
The findings indicated that the student teachers faced various challengers ranging from interpersonal to pedagogical issues.
Date: Tuesday 3 October, 2017
Venue: FALE Meeting Room