Reflective practice and contemplative pedagogies: realising professional identities

Rocco, Sharn (2008) Reflective practice and contemplative pedagogies: realising professional identities. In: Proceedings of the 2008 Australian Teacher Education Association National Conference. pp. 295-307. From: Teacher Education at Work: What Works and Where is the Evidence?, 8-11 July 2008, Mudjimba, QLD, Australia.

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The Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) Professional Standards for Queensland Teachers (2006) highlights, implicitly and explicitly, the significance of reflective, contemplative and mindfulness practices in achieving high quality teaching and learning. Informed by the first phase of data collection and a preliminary analysis of pre-service teachers’ perceptions of their experiences of contemplative and reflective pedagogies, this paper describes how these practices have been integrated into undergraduate professional development studies in teacher education. The data is derived from reflective letters posted to on-line Discussion Board. These letters were written as a significant component of assessment for a professional development subject required for third year teacher education students at a regional Australian university. Highlighting excerpts from student work samples and feedback, discussion and analysis focus on how the requirement for regular reflective writing and for making that writing public can effectively link pedagogy, assessment and learning in sustainable ways. The author is particularly interested in understanding how the use of reflective practices and, in particular the use of on-line Discussion Board as a forum for reflective writing impact on student learning and professional development. As this study investigates the use of on-line technologies and the express meanings students make of the university based learning experiences that are offered for development of professional understandings, skills and values, it has significant implications for teacher educators.

Item ID: 8648
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 0-9775685-1-2
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Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2010 04:38
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy @ 50%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development @ 50%
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