Practicum definition

prăktĭ-kəm
A course involving activities emphasizing the practical application of theory, esp. one in which a student gains on-the-job experience in a field of study.
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The definition of a practicum is a hands on course in college or in academic study.

An example of practicum is clinical work in a hospital when you are studying to be a nurse.

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A school or college course, especially one in a specialized field of study, that is designed to give students supervised practical application of previously studied theory.

Advanced practicums in teaching reading.

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(US) A college course designed to give a student supervised practical knowledge of a subject previously studied theoretically.
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(US) A science exam in which students are questioned about specimens or other objects placed in front of them.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
practicum
Plural:
practica, practicums

Origin of practicum

  • German Praktikum from Late Latin prācticum neuter of prācticus practical practical

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Late Latin, neuter of practicus (“practical"), from Ancient Greek πρακτικός (praktikós, “of or pertaining to action, concerned with action or business, active, practical"), from πράσσω (prassō, “I do").

    From Wiktionary