Khadija Karim, Nagina Gul, Alia Ayub, Seema Azeem


Teacher is the central cog in the machinery of Education. The quality and worth of the teachers determine the quality of Education. For the better education, the effective and committed teachers are needed. In ADE / B.Ed.(Hons) program, practicum is one of the essential components for practical experiences, school-based activities and teaching training to become the devoted and professional teacher. So, the present study investigated the perceptions on adequacy of practicum and highlight the challenges faced by prospective teachers. The study was conducted through using mixed method approach. Structured questionnaire and interview protocol were used for the data collection. Data was both qualitative and quantitative in nature. The sample of 150 prospective teachers from colleges and universities, offering ADE/ B.Ed. program were selected through simple random sampling technique who completed their practicum. The analysis indicated the prospective teachers face variety of challenges such as no adequate support of school administration, lack of proper guidance and encouragement from university supervisors, no skills to design and implement classroom activities associated with teachings, behavior of cooperative teachers as they spend more time with them in schools and no proper meetings and seminars conducted to check the quality of work and problems of prospective teachers. Nevertheless, majority of the prospective teachers think that practicum is an important element for the preparation of professional life of teachers and found practicum to be a valuable experience.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.46827/ejes.v7i8.3291


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