YOGYAKARTA – Teaching practicums are a key part of teacher training to provide student teachers with good teaching experience. USAID PRIORITAS and teaching practicum organizers agreed the need to increase the effectiveness of the mentoring lecturers in the field and teacher tutors in guiding student teachers on teaching practice.
"This training provides a variety of inputs for the guidance of student teachers doing their teaching practicums," said Lynne Hill, the USAID PRIORITAS Teaching and Learning Advisor, during the National Training for Mentoring Lecturers and Teacher Tutors in Yogyakarta, which sought to improve teaching practicums (20/7).
The Rector of Yogyakarta State University (UNY), Prof Dr Rochmat Wahab, called the collaboration between the lecturers, the teachers, and students doing teaching practicums indispensable. "This training is very relevant to the preparation of prospective teachers by TTIs so they can become professional teachers who are good role models," said Prof. Rachmat at the opening ceremony.
The three day training was conducted in 16 partner TTIs of USAID PRIORITAS in seven provinces. The training materials focused on schools and classroom observation, practical teaching activities guided by a mentor, independent teaching practice, and mentoring and supporting students during guidance sessions. Tatat Hartati, PhD, a lecturer at the Indonesian Education University (UPI), Bandung, explained that the training by USAID PRIORITAS needs to be reflected on and to be a reference point for the implementation of teaching practicums for lecturers and teacher tutors. "Student teaching practicums are not only useful for student teachers, but also for the schools because students use the latest active learning approaches, and learn with teacher tutors to improve the teaching and learning quality," she said.
Alphian Sahruddin, a teacher tutor at SDN Kompleks IKIP I Makassar, explained that the training activities bring together lecturers and teachers to create a forum to provide solutions to problems encountered during teaching practicum in the field. (Tif/Anw)