Share Paper: Wants and Haves: Student Perceptions of Practicum Experiences in a Teacher Preparation Program

  1. Laura Sujo-Montes, Northern Arizona University, United States
  2. Devon Swanson, Northern Arizona University, United States
  3. Jordan Foster, Northern Arizona University, United States
  4. Chih-Hsiung Tu, Northern Arizona University, United States
  5. Shadow Armfield, Northern Arizona University, United States
  6. Michael Blocher, Northern Arizona University, United States
Wednesday, March 20 4:15-4:45 PM Sunset 5

Abstract: This paper presents students’ perceptions of what they want in a practicum and what they actually get during their practicum experience. One of the main results indicate that preservice teachers do not acquire enough teaching experience during practicum courses. Also, despite teacher preparation efforts in mentor selection, some of the teachers do not know how to maximize student learning while they practice in their classrooms.