Practicum vs. Practica

By Jaxson

  • Practicum

    A practicum (also called work placement, especially in the UK) is a graduate level course, often in a specialized field of study, that is designed to give students supervised practical application of a previously or concurrently studied theory. Practicums (student teaching) are common for education and social work majors. In some cases, the practicum may be a part-time student teaching placement that occurs the semester before a student’s full-time student teaching placement.

    The process resembles an internship; however, the latter is often not part of the school program.

    Practicum is widely practiced in Asia, especially in India. There, a B.Ed. student has to undergo rigorous training in Teaching and they have to face a lot of practicums to earn their degree. It generally makes one practically face a situation and describe their experience. It differs from Practical in terms of its handling mainly alive beings whereas Practical is confined within the inert materials.

  • Practicum (noun)

    A college course designed to give a student supervised practical knowledge of a subject previously studied theoretically.

  • Practicum (noun)

    A science exam in which students are questioned about specimens or other objects placed in front of them.

  • Practica (noun)

    plural of practicum


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