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From Slogan to Pedagogy: Teacher Education and Reflection at the University of Ballarat

Margaret Zeegers, Rupert Russell.

This paper focuses on pedagogy as a crucial element in approaching constructs and practice of reflective writing in a First Year teacher education program conducted at the University of Ballarat. This implies active involvement of students, institutional staff and classroom mentors within processes of professional teaching and learning. It takes issue with the reliance on what it represents as slogan-type statements in teacher education program outlines and descriptions as satisfying contemporary calls for reflective practice and associated reflective writing. It suggests a model of pedagogy as intentional and systematic intervention, based on literature deriving from research in this aspect of teacher education which acknowledges the problematic natures of relationships between teaching, learning and reflective practice. In doing so, it examines the desired and actual learning outcomes of a program of explicit instruction and practice of reflective writing over a semester and the problematic nature of taken-for-granted values in academic/supervisor/supervisee relationships as well as the possibilities presented by an alternative model for such relationships in the area of developing reflective practice and writing.


Margaret Zeegers  (Australia)
Lecturer in Education
School of Education
University of Ballarat

Margaret Zeegers has considerable experience as a lecturer in language and literacy in education in a number of countries.

Rupert Russell  (Australia)
School of Education
University of Ballarat

Rupert Russell is a lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Ballarat in Victoria, Australia. He has a background in multimedia, video and film production in education and has worked as a consultant in the computer industry. His primary teaching focus is on Information and Communication Technology, and he is currently researching the effects of Digital Video production on student engagement.

  • Teacher education
  • Reflection
  • Reflective practice
  • Reflective writing

(30 min Conference Paper, English)