Trainee teachers' use of blogs as private reflections for professional development

Hramiak, A., Boulton, H. ORCID: 0000-0003-4671-0182 and Irwin, B., 2009. Trainee teachers' use of blogs as private reflections for professional development. Learning, Media and Technology, 34 (3), pp. 259-269. ISSN 1743-9892


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Developments in Higher Education (HE) over the last decade have seen an increasing focus on developing skills through the use of technology as part of blended learning opportunities. At Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) and Nottingham Trent University (NTU) in the United Kingdom research has taken place over the last year in the use of personal diaries with trainee teachers using a private web log (blog). The purpose of the research was to determine if blogs could provide a setting for their continuing professional development as practitioners and emerging qualified teachers. This collaborative project was undertaken to determine attitudes and perceptions of blogging as a tool for professional development, and also to evaluate and review current practice within the two institutions in this area of teacher training. The rationale for the use of blogs with the trainee teachers in this study was to determine if they could provide a usable substitute for more traditional methods of recording their professional development throughout their course. This paper seeks to share the findings of the research which the authors believe could be applicable to other areas of Higher Education.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Learning, Media and Technology
Creators: Hramiak, A., Boulton, H. and Irwin, B.
Date: 2009
Volume: 34
Number: 3
ISSN: 1743-9892
Divisions: Schools > School of Education
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:02
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:17

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