Challenges for practice teaching in uae schools: Supervisors’ and pre-service teachers’ perceptions
Source of Publication
Issues in Educational Research
Field experience, or practice teaching, or practicum has become a cornerstone of teacher education. It is a high-impact experience and a period of intense learning and growth if done professionally. While current research highlights the experiences of pre-service teachers as a catalyst for improving their perceptions, little is known about faculty supervisors’ perceptions and the challenges they face during practicum courses. Hence, the aim of this study is to explore the experiences of the faculty supervisors (n=11) and pre-service teachers (n=69) throughout their time in the initial teacher program in the College of Education at Zayed University, a public university in the UAE, including any challenges they faced. Quantitative and qualitative data were collected through surveys, individual interviews, and reflective journals. Results revealed that having a wellstructured program, establishing strong collaboration and coordination with the partner schools, and ensuring direct contact with mentors are the factors that enhance the faculty supervisors’ experience. Based on these findings, recommendations are made that focus on the areas of scheduling, logistics, requirements, and expectations of the program.
Western Australian Institute for Educational Research Inc.
Hojeij, Zeina; Atallah, Fida; Baroudi, Sandra; and Tamim, Rana, "Challenges for practice teaching in uae schools: Supervisors’ and pre-service teachers’ perceptions" (2021). All Works. 4331.
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Bronze: This publication is openly available on the publisher’s website but without an open license