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Harkrider, N., & Chen, A. Y. (1999). Design and implementation considerations in on-line reflective environments. In M. Waas (Ed.), Enhancing learning: Challenge of integrating thinking and information technology into the curriculum: Proceedings of the 12th Annual Conference of the Educational Research Association ( pp. 250-258). Singapore: Educational Research Association.
A pivotal concern in professional development for educators is the internalization of reflective
practice for achieving teaching excellence. In this inquiry, e-mail and Internet Relay Chat have
been used to design an authentic nurturing environment for reflection on classroom practices
among pre-service secondary teachers.
This paper presents relevant data from a current doctoral inquiry which explores the dynamic of
on-line teacher reflection as revealed through a series of structured dialogues between a mentor
and a volunteer group of eight Singapore secondary pre-service teachers. It offers insights gained in designing and implementing an on-line learning environment with the goal of nurturing thoughtful and reflective practice among participating teachers. Specifically, a summary analysis of the reflective on-line interviews will demonstrate "patterns of communication" which are believed to have direct bearing on the design of this type of on-line learning environment. Within the context of a synchronous on-line reflective setting, some recommendations are identified.
This paper was published in the 1999 Proceedings of the ERA Annual Conference held at Plaza Parkroyal Hotel, Singapore from 23-25 November 1998
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