Communication in the Practicum

Fostering Relationships Between Universities and Schools
  • Josephine Ryan
  • Mellita Jones


In the contemporary teacher education world many commentators see close relationships between schools and universities as critical to quality teacher education (House of Representatives, 2007; Parliament of Victoria, 2005; Zeichner, 2010). Schools and universities must work together, it is argued, because they must support the crucial site of professional learning, the practicum. The practicum, known by a range of other terms including professional experience, field experience, teaching placement, teaching round and internship, is the period of time that teacher education students, or pre-service teachers, develop their planning and teaching capabilities within the school context.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Josephine Ryan
    • 1
  • Mellita Jones
    • 2
  1. 1.Australian Catholic UniversityAustralia
  2. 2.Australian Catholic UniversityAustralia

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