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Case Study of Dual Certification Practicum: Focusing on Students' Perceptions of Field Placements

Kelder, Sarah K (2021) Case Study of Dual Certification Practicum: Focusing on Students' Perceptions of Field Placements. Doctoral thesis, Northern Arizona University.

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This descriptive case study delved into the perceptions of Dual Certification Practicum students. The researcher examined the insight of the preservice teachers with regards to the practicum course. The Participants are three Southwestern University students that are enrolled in the Bachelor of Science Elementary Education program. The students selected have completed three semesters of practicum. Data was collected through a Venn Diagram, focused questionnaire, interview and artifacts from the student’s practicum experiences. The data analysis process utilized first cycle coding for the Venn Diagram. The focused questionnaire, artifacts and the interview were analyzed through multiple cycles of coding.The data collection tools scaffold the Participants’ memories of their different practicum courses to expose the results. The findings revealed that the mentor teacher is influential when it comes to the perceptions of the practicum course. Each student had different experiences during their practicum course but in the end the mentor teachers’ approach to the student outlined how the course proceeded. This document provides a narrative of the students’ individual experiences in practicum and the multiple connections that lead back to the mentor teacher’s influence.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Publisher’s Statement: © Copyright is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the Cline Library, Northern Arizona University. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Keywords: Case Study; Dual Certification; Fieldwork; Practicum ; Preservice Teacher; Teacher Education
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
NAU Depositing Author Academic Status: Student
Department/Unit: Graduate College > Theses and Dissertations
College of Education > Teaching and Learning
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2022 16:50
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2022 16:50
URI: https://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/5778

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