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Professional Development of Pre-Service Teachers: The Case of Practicum Experience

Lingam, Govinda I. and Lingam, Narsamma and Raghuwaiya, Krishna (2014) Professional Development of Pre-Service Teachers: The Case of Practicum Experience. International Journal of Social, Education, Economics and Management Engineering, 8 (7). pp. 666-673. ISSN 2070-3740

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    Abstract

    The reported study focuses on pre-service teachers’ professional development during the teaching practice. The cohort studied comprised participants in their final year in the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science with Graduate Certificate in Education programmes of a university in Fiji. Analysis of the data obtained using a survey questionnaire indicates that overall, the pre-service teachers were satisfied with the practicum experience. This is assumed to demonstrate that the practicum experience contributed well towards their professional preparation for work expected of them in Fiji secondary schools. Participants also identified some concerns as needing attention. To conclude, the paper provides suggestions for improving the preparation of teachers by strengthening the identified areas of the practicum offered by the university. The study has implications for other teacher education providers in small developing island states and even beyond for the purpose of enhancing learning in student teachers’ for future work.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education
    Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Education
    Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies
    Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Computing, Information and Mathematical Sciences
    Depositing User: Krishna Raghuwaiya
    Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2015 11:08
    Last Modified: 11 May 2016 12:08
    URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/8135
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