The students of the College of Education and Graduate School of Education are going to go for their teaching practicums for four weeks this April. For this teaching practicum, the school is providing supports such as giving students a chance to visit the professors and get some advice. However, students who have completed their practicums have continuously brought up problems they had during their teaching practicum.
According to the complaints filed to the College of Education, students are showing dissatisfaction about their professors’ refusal to accept the practicum as an excuse for missing class. Because of their four weeks’ absence from class, students who are completing their teaching practicum cannot study for exams as extensively as other students do. Some student teachers tried to ask their professors to replace their exams with assignments. However, several professors refused to accept their request and gave low grades. This gives students a lot of pressure during their teaching practicum period. Also, students struggle because of their unavoidable absence in class during this time. However, some professors force students to join classes in the late afternoon when the practicum finishes every day, and do not accept students’ absence.
A faculty in the College of Education, Kim Hyo-jung, said, “These situations usually happen when students join another major’s classes or liberal arts classes, and this makes it difficult for students to focus on their teaching practicum and studying.” She hoped that as students and professors are in the same university, it is time for greater understanding for each other. She also emphasized that the school needs to make better environments for students to help them become teachers, since current path to become a teacher is really tough and competitive.
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