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Getting More Out of Practicums and Field Based Training: Recommendations from Research for Student Teachers, Centres, and Lecturers

By Arwen Hann
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early childhood teaching

One of the best ways student teachers can improve their skills is by putting their learning into practice in a real early childhood education (ECE) centre.

This is often done through the more traditional teaching blocks but many courses are now offering Field Based Teacher Education (FBTE) - the chance to complete sustained practicum where the student works either paid or voluntarily in the same centre, known as the home centre, for the duration of the course.

However a study has found that simply offering students more hours working in an ECE centre does not necessarily make them better teachers.

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