A Study of the Views of Prospective Teachers about Practicum of Teacher Education Programs


  • Uzma Parveen et al., Research Officer, National Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (NACTE) Pakistan




Views, Prospective teachers, Practicum, Programs


Teacher education is a professionally oriented activity in the sense that the skills, attitudes, and knowledge provided herein, have a direct bearing on the teaching assignment of teachers. The criticism of recent years on existing teacher education program is adequate testimony that we have so far not fully succeeded to bring available research findings to bear upon the education of the teachers. It was a survey type of study which required the collection of data from the prospective teachers, who had gone through the practicum experience. The data comprised of the views of prospective teachers about practicum. A convenient sample of 400 prospective teachers, from the institution of three universities, having practicum experience was selected. It includes 200 prospective teachers of B.Ed. and 200 of M.A Education program with equal numbers from both genders. M.A Education prospective teachers were from AIOU and Punjab University, whereas B.Ed. were from AIOU and the University of Education. The prospective teachers viewed that less cooperation and mutual understanding exist among faculty members and cooperative teachers. The teacher education institution and its faculty should develop a good understanding and proper liaison with the staff of the cooperative schools for proper planning conduct and evaluation activities of practicum programs.