Title: Integrating technology to facilitate critical reflection and creativity in pre-service teacher development
Authors: Sue-jeong Shin; Kyungsuk Chang
Addresses: Yonsei University, 50 Yonse-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, 03722, South Korea ' Korea Institute for Curriculum and Evaluation, 21-15 Jeongdong-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul, 04518, South Korea
Abstract: Reflection is known to be at the centre of professional development. This study aims to investigate how trainees are engaged in self-reflection upon their own learning at an experiential training course. A series of face-to-face sessions on teaching reading to young learners is provided and complemented by online asynchronous communication. Data are gathered from pre- and post-session questionnaires, logs from trainees' learning journals, interviews, observation and trainees' work. The triangulated analysis of the collected data reveals that the experiential learning with online interaction is conducive to raising trainees' awareness through critical reflection. It also shows roles that technology plays in trainees' creative thinking in devising unconventional learning activities. The findings of the study further provide implications for pre- and in-service teacher training program development and practice in other contexts.
Keywords: teacher training; professional development; critical reflection; pre-service teachers; experiential learning; educational technology; language teachers; creativity; TETL; teaching English through literature; collaborative learning; online interaction; learning to teach; self-reflection; experiential learning; e-learning; electronic learning; online learning.
International Journal of Knowledge and Learning, 2016 Vol.11 No.2/3, pp.166 - 177
Received: 08 Nov 2015
Accepted: 03 Jun 2016
Published online: 05 Oct 2016 *