“If You Write It Down, You Have to Think About It”: Incorporating Weblogs into Pre-Service Teachers’ Reflective Practice
Melanie Shoffner, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Phoenix, AZ, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-55-6 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Teacher educators are constantly challenged to find a common ground between old and new. One such challenge is supporting meaningful reflection from pre-service teachers with traditional forms of reflective practice. The incorporation of weblogs into the personal reflective practice of pre-service teachers holds potential for negotiating the common ground of "old" practice and "new" technology. Weblogs, commonly described as online personal journals, retain many of the more positive aspects of the traditional format - supported by the words of a pre-service teacher, "[I]f you write it down, you have to think about it" - while offering a fresh space for reflective thought, the option of communal feedback, and the ease of electronic availability. This brief paper presents the potential outcomes of cross-content pre-service teachers maintaining weblogs during their enrollment in a secondary MAT program, with analysis drawn from weblog postings and individual and group interviews.
Shoffner, M. (2005). “If You Write It Down, You Have to Think About It”: Incorporating Weblogs into Pre-Service Teachers’ Reflective Practice. In C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, I. Gibson, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2005--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2095-2100). Phoenix, AZ, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).