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‘An engaging and different experience’: blog posting in a humanities and social sciences teacher education unit


Brett, P, An engaging and different experience': blog posting in a humanities and social sciences teacher education unit, The Online Journal of Distance Education and e-Learning, 5, (2) pp. 1-13. ISSN 2147-6454 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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There is a relative paucity of detailed exemplars which reflect upon the use of blogging as a tool to examine preservice teachers’ pedagogical development and which explore the nature of their thinking about blogging in specific disciplinary contexts. The purpose of this study was to examine pre-service teacher reflections about their practice through blogging in relation to a third year Bachelor of Education unit at an Australian university focused upon Humanities and Social Sciences education. Blog posting proved to be an effective way of promoting high quality practice, thinking, and reflection in relation to some of the key issues that the unit content sought to emphasise about Humanities and Social Sciences education. The pre-service teachers’ reflections on the positive features of blog posting picked up on the value of collaborative learning, the benefits for their own learning of responding to others, and the value of receiving specific feedback on how to improve their work. They also pointed to how they saw blogging as a resource for their future professional practice and as an outlet for creativity and thinking about the affective dimensions of assessment feedback.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:blogging, teacher education, humanities and social sciences education
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Humanities and social sciences curriculum and pedagogy (excl. economics, business and management)
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Teaching and instruction technologies
UTAS Author:Brett, P (Dr Peter Brett)
ID Code:116189
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2017-05-03
Last Modified:2018-06-20
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