Universal Journal of Educational Research Vol. 4(12A), pp. 63 - 70
DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2016.041309
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Use of Reflective Journals in Development of Teachers' Leadership and Teaching Skills


Suleyman Davut Göker *
Department of Educational Sciences, Faculty of Education, Artvin Coruh University, Turkey

ABSTRACT

Focusing on the contribution of reflective practice to teaching practice amongst student teachers, this study examines the impact of reflective journal entries of 16 student teachers from Faculty of Education at the Artvin Coruh University in Turkey. Quantitative and qualitative research approaches were employed for this study including open-ended questioning techniques (surveys and interviews), written reflections under reflective categories showing how the participants reflected on their teaching experience as anecdotal data. Participants were trained through a 10-h orientation on reflective writing program developed by the researcher. To categorise the reflective writing types, identification of Hatton and Smith [12] of types of reflection (instrument 1), was employed. Participants were later requested to answer a 26 open–ended questionnaire (instrument 2), the questions of which were constructed based on Richards and Lockhart's [16]. Findings have implications for how reflective journals can be employed and used in school-based contexts and pre-service teacher education.

KEYWORDS
Student Teachers, Reflective Journals, Leadership, Teaching Skills, Reflective Writing Strategies

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(a). IEEE Format:
[1] Suleyman Davut Göker , "Use of Reflective Journals in Development of Teachers' Leadership and Teaching Skills," Universal Journal of Educational Research, Vol. 4, No. 12A, pp. 63 - 70, 2016. DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2016.041309.

(b). APA Format:
Suleyman Davut Göker , (2016). Use of Reflective Journals in Development of Teachers' Leadership and Teaching Skills. Universal Journal of Educational Research, 4(12A), 63 - 70. DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2016.041309.