The meaning of tutoring during the practicum: The role of accompaniment and facilitation in the acquisition of professional competences

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This article analyses the role of the teaching staff in guiding students during the course of their practicum: a complex set of tasks involving training, advice, and facilitation designed to help students acquire the professional competences required in their degree and in their educational careers. The main objective of this research is to know, understand, and assess the influence of the academic tutor in shaping the student's practical thinking. This qualitative case study provides an in-depth understanding of the process of accompaniment developed by a group of academic tutors with their students of External Placement II in the Faculty of Education Sciences at the University of Malaga. Methodological tools used in this study include interviews, observations and document analyses. The results show the importance of tutoring during the practical training period, a time in which students begin their professional careers and are introduced to research and actions that contrast theory and real-life practice. The practicum is also a time when students acquire some competences and reinforce others, demonstrating the need for coordination between academic and practice center tutors to further advance students’ professional development.

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García-Vila, E., & Sepúlveda-Ruiz, M. P. . (2022). The meaning of tutoring during the practicum: The role of accompaniment and facilitation in the acquisition of professional competences. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 30, (20). https://doi.org/10.14507/epaa.30.5826
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Elena García-Vila, Universidad de Málaga

Elena García-Vila es Graduada en Pedagogía y doctoranda en el Departamento de Didáctica y Organización Escolar de la Facultad de Ciencias de la Educación de la Universidad de Málaga, con una beca de Formación del Profesorado Universitario (FPU) financiada por el Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte del Gobierno de España.

María Pilar Sepúlveda-Ruiz, Universidad de Málaga

María Pilar Sepúlveda-Ruiz es profesora titular del Departamento de Didáctica y Organización Escolar de la Facultad de Educación de la Universidad de Málaga desde el año 2001 y Vicedecana de Prácticum de dicha Facultad desde el año 2011 hasta 31 de agosto de 2020. Su principal interés de investigación se centra en la formación inicial del profesorado y las buenas prácticas docentes. Es autora de diversos artículos en revistas científicas de impacto y participa en diferentes proyectos de investigación de reconocido prestigio.