The Practical Component of the Study Program for the Education of Class Teachers - Faculty of Educational Sciences, the Republic of Macedonia

Petrovska, Sonja and Stavreva Veselinovska, Snezana (2014) The Practical Component of the Study Program for the Education of Class Teachers - Faculty of Educational Sciences, the Republic of Macedonia. nternational Journal of Sciences: Basic and Applied Research (IJSBAR), 15 (1). pp. 498-508. ISSN 2307-4531

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The essential issue which is frequently discussed by educational policy makers, in-service teachers, students and scientists is the adequacy of the practical component of the curriculum for initial teacher education. When we say adequacy we do not only mean the percentage of classes that students spend in school in terms of the overall curriculum, but several aspects of this component: objectives accomplished in cooperation with schools where students perform their practice, ways of organizing performance in terms of time frame and in terms of the distribution of responsibilities between universities and schools. While searching for an effective and efficient model for cooperation of our faculty with mentor schools we decided to study the attitudes and opinions of students - seniors about the success of the current model of practical training regarding: students’ sensitization students to the importance of the teaching profession, training students for planning, organization, implementation and evaluation of teaching (didactic-methodical aspects). The survey was conducted on a sample of 45 full-time students - seniors at the Faculty of Educational Sciences - Department of class teachers in Stip, the Republic of Macedonia. In view of the methodological approach to the study, only the analytical-descriptive method was used because at this stage we only wanted to get guidelines for improvement. Our research has shown that students have a moderate to positive attitude towards the existing model of pedagogical/professional practical training. Their self-assessment of the level of practical competence has given us information about possible weaknesses (few classes, flaws in the mentoring and supervision process) of the model and of the overall curriculum for initial teacher education as well.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: practical training, initial education, teachers.
Subjects: Humanities > Other humanities
Divisions: Faculty of Educational Science
Depositing User: Snezana Stavrova Veselinova
Date Deposited: 12 May 2014 10:01
Last Modified: 12 May 2014 10:01

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