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International Education Journal, v8 n2 p337-347 Nov 2007

This article highlights the potential influence of reflective writing upon the emergence of a professional identity during pre-service teachers' practicum placements. Links between reflective writing and identity formation were made during a project which required pre-service teachers to reflect upon their responses to, and observations of, a number of broad elements of the teaching environment both within the classroom and in the wider school context. The author reports on this small study involving teacher education students at Flinders University in South Australia and makes recommendations which could enhance the value of reflective writing as a personal and professional development tool.

Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes, Reflection, Writing (Composition), Self Concept, Observation, Practicums

Australian and New Zealand Comparative and International Education Society. ANZCIES Secretariat, Curtin University, Box U1987, Perth, WA Australia. Tel: +61-8-9266-7106; Fax: +61-8-9266-3222; e-mail: editor[at]iejcomparative.org; Web site: http://www.iejcomparative.org

Author: Cattley, Georgina

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=2482&id=EJ834271

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