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ERIC Number: EJ816491
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1047-6210
Using Reflective Journals to Enhance Impoverished Practicum Placements: A Case in Teacher Education in Ethiopia
Degago, Adinew Tadesse
Teaching Education, v18 n4 p343-356 Dec 2007
This article investigates the value of writing reflective journals for student teachers during practicum placement. The author invited 10 pre-service education degree teachers to write a weekly reflective journal throughout their four weeks practicum teaching. Each student teacher was given the opportunity to revisit the issues in his journals through a subsequent reflective dialogue. At the end of the practicum, the student teachers were asked to complete one additional reflective journal to provide their views about how useful and challenging they found the task of writing reflective journals on their teaching experiences. The author also kept observation notes to reflect on his own experiences of involving student teachers in reflective journal writing. It was concluded that the student teachers benefited immensely from their experiences of writing reflective journals for the purpose of reflecting on their practical experiences. They reported that the activity helped them improve their teaching experiences and deepen their understanding of the complexities involved in learning to teach. The study has implications on the role of reflective journals as a means of engaging teacher candidates in reflective thinking, a recently emerging notion in the education of teachers in Ethiopia.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ethiopia