In many undergraduate education programs, practicum experiences (also referred to as field experiences or lab placements) are an integral component of the curriculum. These placements are designed to provide undergraduate students with practical, authentic experience in classrooms of various levels. During practicum experiences, students are placed in classrooms in order to gain direct experience in teaching elementary or secondary students. However, because these clinical applications occur in real-world learning environments, many factors can influence their quality and effectiveness.
Harwell, Dana and Moore, Jenifer
"Issues of Concern Related to Practicum Experiences in Undergraduate Education Programs,"
Academic Leadership Journal: Vol. 8
, Article 27.
Available at: http://scholars.fhsu.edu/alj/vol8/iss2/27