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Assessing the practicum: The NIE experience
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Poh, A. S. H., & Wong, A. F. L. (1999). Assessing the practicum: The NIE experience. In S. P. Loo (Ed.), Proceeds of the MERA-ERA Joint conference 1999: Educational Challenges in the New Millennium (pp. 1374-1381). Malacca, Malaysia.
Assessment of the practicum is always a problematic procedure in any teacher
education institution. Those involved in this activity are normally charged with administrative
as well as professional problems and issues. This paper examined the professional issues of
why assess the practicum, what to assess in the practicum and how to go about it to realize
maximum effects in the development of professionals in the teaching profession. In the past,
the National Institute of Education (NIE) used an evaluation form called the Assessment of
Performance in Teaching (APT) to help supervisors ensure reliability in assessing studentteachers
(STs) performance under their care. The past model involved a lot of lecturers as
supervisors and each time they visited the STs they used the APT forms together with verbal as
well as written reports to formatively and summatively evaluate STs’ performance, together
with reports and assessments carried out by the school cooperating teachers (CTs). Presently
the numbers of students aspiring to become teachers have increased to such an extent that it
becomes no longer feasible for lecturers to supervise all STs adequately. Hence a new
Partnership Model evolved, involving the school personnel more in the assessment process.
This paper documents the changes as efforts to improve practicum assessment need to be
continuously improved and reflect upon progressively.
This paper was published in the 1999 Proceedings of the MERA-ERA Joint Conference held at Malacca, Malaysia from 1-3 December 1999
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