Encouraging the reflection process in undergraduate teachers using guided reflection

Nolan, Andrea 2008, Encouraging the reflection process in undergraduate teachers using guided reflection, Australian journal of early childhood, vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 31-36.

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Title Encouraging the reflection process in undergraduate teachers using guided reflection
Author(s) Nolan, Andrea
Journal name Australian journal of early childhood
Volume number 33
Issue number 1
Start page 31
End page 36
Total pages 6
Publisher Early Childhood Australia Inc
Place of publication Deakin, A.C.T.
Publication date 2008-03
ISSN 0312-5033
Keyword(s) critical thinking
early childhood education
learning processes
preservice teacher education
reflective practice
student attitudes
student teachers
teaching methods
undergraduate students
postsecondary education
Summary This article reports on the findings of a study conducted with a group of early childhood education undergraduate students from the second year of the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education course offered at the University of Melbourne. The study trialled a number of guided reflection techniques that acted to stimulate and provide a structure for reflection. These techniques were further supplemented by focus group discussions based on reflective principles, in the hope of fully engaging the students in the reflective process over the course of a year. All techniques were designed to assist the student teachers in becoming aware of the current philosophy they hold in relation to teaching and learning, and also in understanding how this has been shaped by past experiences, beliefs and knowledge. The effectiveness of the guided reflection techniques was evaluated by the participants at the end of the project. The surveys showed that three of the techniques were particularly successful. Student perceptions as to the success of the process are reported in the article.
Language eng
Field of Research 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017150

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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