A lingering issue that has faced rural-practicum planners across all the professions relates to enhancing the overall quality of rural internships. In this report, the authors address a key facet of this subject by considering the viewpoint of post-interns regarding their own rural practicum experiences. The authors compare the perspectives of a recent group of Education post-practicum students regarding the quality of rural internships with findings from previous research related to the subject. The post-interns participating in the present study recently completed their 16-week extended practicum in rural schools in one Western Canadian province. They submitted written responses to questions soliciting their views of the positive and negative aspects of the experience. The authors explore implications of these results for practicum administrators wishing to strengthen rural internship programs in their jurisdictions.
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Ralph, Edwin and Walker, Keith D.
"Enhancing Rural Internships: Considering the Post-Intern Voice,"
Northwest Journal of Teacher Education: Vol. 10
, Article 4.