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“We don't have the liberty of being brainless”: Exploring pre-service teachers' use of weblogs for informal reflection


2006 2006

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Pre-service teachers enter teacher education programs with a working practical theory formed from personal experience, knowledge and values. By engaging in reflective thinking, pre-service teachers reaffirm, reassess and recreate the practical theory that guides their actions and beliefs on teaching and learning. Weblogs, an emerging technology in teacher education, offer a new medium for reflective practice. This dissertation explores the tripartite elements of practical theory, reflective practice and weblogs as explored through a qualitative research study conducted in a secondary NLNT program at a large southeastern university. Through the qualitative content analysis of weblog postings, focus group interviews and individual interviews, a grounded theory emerged to support weblogs as a forum for informal reflection.

The research undertaken in this qualitative study reveals the positive potential of weblogs in pre-service teachers' reflective practice. The informality of weblogs, their accessibility through the Internet and their ability to support communal interactions on-line are positive features of weblogs. These features, in turn, support informal reflection, a component of reflective practice produced by the interaction of practical theory, flexible structure, personal expression and communal interaction. Informal reflection is not a substitute for the formal, hierarchical (and necessary) reflection frequently found in teacher education but a facet of the reflective process that, with further study, may prove to be a valuable component of reflective practice for preservice and practicing teachers.

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Subject
Teacher education;
Educational software
Classification
0530: Teacher education
0710: Educational software
Identifier / keyword
Education; Educational technology; Preservice teachers; Reflection; Weblogs
Title
“We don't have the liberty of being brainless”: Exploring pre-service teachers' use of weblogs for informal reflection
Author
Shoffner, Melanie
Number of pages
145
Publication year
2006
Degree date
2006
School code
0153
Source
DAI-A 67/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542545115, 054254511X
Advisor
Trier, James
University/institution
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University location
United States -- North Carolina
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3207340
ProQuest document ID
305280472
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305280472
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