HEQCO issues reports on alternative teacher practicums

June 12, 2014

The Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) has issued a series of reports on the impact of innovative practicums on faculty of education students. The reports examine the benefits of 3 practicum models: peer mentorship programs, alternative service learning; and international practicum placements. The research found that all of the practicum models achieved benefits in terms of the development of professional identities and applied pedagogical teaching skills, while the alternative service practicum placements and international practicum placements also increased participants’ global awareness and familiarity with a range of employment opportunities. However, participants in all 3 models reported timing and structure issues as well as a need for further clarification of roles, for additional institutional support, and for a “paradigm shift” in traditional teaching practices. HEQCO Report Summary