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Journal of Education and Development in the Caribbean

Revisiting the Practical Teaching Component of the Teacher Education Programmes in the Eastern Caribbean

Publication Date: 
December 2005

The evidence seems to suggest that (i) little attention has been paid to re-structuring the practical-teaching component in the Eastern Caribbean programmes over the past forty years; (ii) the duration of the exercise is apparently being reduced rather than being increased in line with current trends; and (iii) neither the notion of the co-operating teacher nor of a more developmental role for the University of the West Indies seems to be formally integrated into the practical teaching exercise. An alternative five-phase model for the practicum is offered which integrates the co-operating teacher, clinical supervision, an extended period of practice, an emphasis on reflective practice and a developmental process to govern progress through each of these phases.

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