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This book was written to inform, encourage, and influence educational leaders in higher education who are interested in the practicum/clinical phase of education across the professional disciplines to engage in increased dialog and collaboration regarding the enhancement of this experiential-learning component of pre-service preparation.

The Practicum in Professional Education is the culmination of a three-year SSHRC study examining the future of the practicum/clinical phase of professional education. It offers a representative sampling of the views, experiences, and innovative practices presented by leading educators from several professional disciplines who attended the Saskatoon forum, in addition to several specifically invited authors. These cross-disciplinary contributions provide current and future perspectives on creating and maintaining effective practicum/clinical programs.

Table of Contents

1. The clinical/practicum component of education for the profession: Canadian findings, Edwin Ralph
2. Facilitating the transition from student to professional via internships, Jose Pereira
3. Internships in public policy/administration, Kathleen McNutt and Dan Perrins
4. Partnerships as a focus for change in teacher education, Lynn Lemisko and Angela Ward
5. Service learning, interprofessional education, and the social work placement experience: The case for combining the best of each world, Grant Charles and Shafik Dharamsi
6. Practicum programs in business and industry, John Rigby
7. A philosophical and conceptual basis for what we are doing: Relational and spiritual bases for the practicum in clinical pastoral education, Tracy Trothen
8. Using participatory action research in seminary internships, Cameron Harder
9. Reflections of beginning First Nations teachers on field experiences, Randolph Wimmer, Louise Legare, Yvette Arcand, and Michael Cottrell
10. Practical educational opportunities in the tenure process: One professor's experience, Darcy MacPherson
11. Developing practical wisdom during the professional practicum, Keith Walker

Edwin G. Ralph

Edwin G. Ralph, PhD, is a professor and internship supervisor/facilitator at the College of Education at the University of Saskatchewan. His teaching and research interests over the past 25 years have focused on enhancing the effectiveness of the teaching/learning process and its mentorship, across all levels and in all disciplines.

Keith D. Walker

Keith D. Walker, PhD, has a joint appointment in the Department of Educational Administration and the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan. His teaching and research relate to the areas of leadership, policy development, school effectiveness, and mentorship.

Randolph Wimmer

Randolph Wimmer, EdD, is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Alberta. His scholarship is in post-secondary educational administration and leadership, and in the experiences of marginalized individuals in higher education and their transition to places of work.