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Teaching is the key to all successes in our educational system, especially as it encapsulates all that that to do with the training of human resource in various fields to meet the work force base of every country. That is why the teacher needs to be properly educated and trained for professional efficiency, and inculcated with not only a positive attitude that will enable an individual go through the training properly but also come out well equipped to assume his/her responsibilities in educational facilities. In this regard Internship Programmes have to be thoroughly studied due to their import in the facilitation of learning to teach. The paper is a descriptive survey which sought to assess the internship programme by students. This study was conducted in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of the Faculty of Agriculture Education, a campus of the University of Education, Winneba. The sample comprised of 208 students who were on teaching practice (internship) programme for 2011/2012 academic year. These students were drawn through simple random sampling. Three research questions and one hypothesis guided the study. The instrument for data collection was a 45- item questionnaire developed by the researchers. The instrument was validated and an internal consistency of 0.89(89%) was calculated using Cronbach Alpha techniques. Data was analyzed using means and analysis of variance (ANOVA). The findings revealed that the adoption of all the effective strategies for improving students' internship programme, such as, practical preparation of mentees for teaching; innovative strategies to solve the challenges faced by the programme, will positively affect teachers' practical preparation for internship programme. Based on the findings, the following recommendations were made: that partnership schools should be more accessible to the mentee and the supervisor; that the government should subsidize the cost involved in undertaking the programme. The study established the need for the University to provide regular mentorship training for mentors and to create the awareness to provide adequate motivation for mentors. Lastly, the collaboration of the University and partnership schools to provide good accommodation and adequate teaching and learning materials will make interns capable professionals to impact on their future delivery of teaching that will be effective and comprehensible to all students in educational institutions.
|Keywords: internship programme, theoretical and practical preparation, mentees, mentors, teaching practice, on campus and off campus|
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Prof. Gerald Knight Assistant Professor of Music Program Coordinator for Music Education Associate Director of Choral Activities Elon University Elon, North Carolina. United States of America.