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Practicum in Adult Education and Community Development, LHA1122

This course provides an opportunity for students to put theoretical ideas they have learned in other courses into practice. Students will identify a placement setting and develop a project in consultation with the instructor. The practicum can be situated within such settings as schools, private sector organizations, community groups, hospitals. Suitable projects may include (but are not limited to) the development of curriculum, programs or online resources, the organization and/or delivery of courses and workshops, and the evaluation of teaching materials and programs. Weekly class discussions will provide for support, feedback and reflection.

Practicum in Adult Education and Community

Division:

Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)

Instructor / Program Coordinator

Dr. Jennifer Sumner

Typologies

Academic Internship

Information for Interested Students

Visit OISE’s website for more details.

Benefits to Students

The students benefit greatly through participation in this course as they gain relevant Canadian experience and build confidence in their abilities to deliver work. Through their placements, they establish new contacts in their field, and get a chance to broaden their resumes. The practicum provides them with an opportunity to discover their interests and build communities of practice.

Benefits to External Partners and the Community

The community at large benefits from establishing a relationship with the university and hosting creative, hard-working students who manage and see projects for them to their completion. They benefit from students’ knowledge and skills while developing their own mentoring capabilities.

Benefits to the University

This practicum provides the university with an attractive curriculum opportunity where students can put their theoretical skills to practice, while simultaneously establishing links with different communities.

Advice for Faculty and Staff Interested in Creating a Similar Experiential Learning Opportunity

Meticulous and careful planning is required, with flexibility to adapt. Include students in decision-making for what occurs inside the classroom. Create opportunities for students to interact with each other and form support groups. Prepare to be open-minded, flexible and out of your comfort zone.