ERIC Number: ED167542
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Effect of Reflective Writing on Identity Maintenance in Student Teachers.
Benham, B. J.
The hypothesis tested in this study was that introspective writing will increase self-awareness and confidence in student teachers. Of particular interest was how such an exercise would change the student's perception of self, students, and the cooperating teacher with whom they were working. The test group was required to periodically write short autobiographical essays, reflections upon current experiences, and speculations on the possible future. A comparison was made at the end of the study between the test group and a control group. To some extent, the test group adapted somewhat less to their cooperating teachers than did students not exposed to the experiment. There was a slight shift from initial self-centeredness toward pupil-centeredness on the part of the test group. A few members of the test group decided not to go into teaching. It is suggested that reflective writing has possibilities as a tool for teacher education. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, April 8-12, 1979)