9. Clinical and Practicum Education in the Professions: The Student Voice

  • Ralph E
  • Wimmer R
  • Walker K
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Undergraduate students in professional education programs typically rate their clinical or practicum experiences as teh most important component of their entire pre-service preparation.  This essay addresses the value of students’ views regarding the effectiveness of practicum programs. We summarize the views of 546 post-practicum students from three professional disciplines (engineering, nursing, and teacher education), concerning what they considered to be the most positive and negative aspectsof their respective practicum/clinical field-experiences.Our data analysis revealed three positive themes across the disciplines: the supportive interrelationships that students experienced; their own professional achievements; and their personal contribution to the welfare of their clients/pupils. Three negative elements also emerged: individual personal/professional challenges; site-based interpersonal conflicts; and policy or procedural problems with the program. Implications are raised for practicum administrators regarding the contribution of the student voice to clinical program enhancement.




Ralph, E., Wimmer, R., & Walker, K. (2017). 9. Clinical and Practicum Education in the Professions: The Student Voice. Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 1, 55. https://doi.org/10.22329/celt.v1i0.3178

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