“This article was published in Teaching and Teacher Education, Vol 25,
number 6, Author: Jenny L. Ferrier-Kerr, "Establishing Professional Relationships in Practicum Settings", Pages 790-797, Copyright Elsevier (August 2009)”.
The relationship between an associate teacher and student teacher is a crucial aspect of the practicum experience in pre-service teacher education.
Establishing a professional relationship is critical to the learning that occurs during the practicum and is an element that requires a professional approach by all parties.
This paper discusses a study which investigated the nature and substance of the professional relationship established between associate teachers and student teachers during a final block practicum.
The findings indicated that for the associate teacher and student teacher to establish and develop a successful professional relationship both must be active in it.