ERIC Number: EJ1085247
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
Examining Malaysian Teachers' Online Blogs for Reflective Practices: Towards Teacher Professional Development
Nambiar, R. M. K.; Thang, S. M.
Language and Education, v30 n1 p43-57 2016
Blogs are commonly used for online interaction because of their ease of use and access, which allow people to gather in a virtual space to share knowledge, experiences and practices. Teachers can also use blogs as an avenue to think, reflect and respond to views and comments regarding pedagogical practices and difficulties, thereby developing professionally. This paper examined the extent to which participation and reflection occurred in the blogs and how effective they were in building a community of practice that would lead to professional development. This objective was accomplished by analysing blog entries for evidence of participation and reflections and subsequently analysing the blogs to gain a clearer idea of the constraints that the teachers faced in blogging. The findings demonstrate that using blogs generated reflective practices to a certain extent in allowing teachers to express their thoughts, share their doubts and struggles in teaching, and manage learners. However, it is not possible to conclude that blogging contributed to teachers' professional development.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Electronic Publishing, Teacher Attitudes, Reflection, Communities of Practice, Computer Mediated Communication, Teaching Methods, Faculty Development, Program Descriptions, Constructivism (Learning), Technological Literacy, Information Technology
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Malaysia