A Practicum of Fairness: Smart Practices for Undergraduate Professional Program Practicum Assessment

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2018-08-30

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Saab, Ada

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Ombudsperson offices have identified the practicum process as a source of misunderstanding and grievance among professional programs in higher education. This project takes a participatory needs assessment and smart practices approach to gain a better understanding of what administrative practicum coordinators in the schools of Social Work, Nursing, Education and Child and Youth Care perceive to be factors that inhibit or enhance a practicum student’s expectation of the practicum experience and what effective practices and processes they have implemented. This research was framed through the ombudsperson fairness triangle – substantive, procedural, and reflective fairness. The purpose of this project was to analyze and recommend options to assist undergraduate professional programs. The recommendations hope to act as a guide for practicum program coordinators, smart practice considerations for post-secondary ombuds offices, and reflection for senior administration when reviewing or designing programs with experiential learning components.

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triangle of fairness, practicum, practicum assessment, practicum appeal, practicum placement, substantive fairness, relational fairness, equitable fairness, procedural fairness, mentorship, theory to practice

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