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Bell, M. E. & Gillett, M. (1996). Developing reflective practice in the education of university teachers. Proceedings of the 1996 Annual Conference of the Higher Education and Research Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA), 8 - 12 July, 1996. (pp. 46-52). Perth, Australia: HERDSA.


Reflective practice is regarded as an essential competence for teachers in higher education. Effective programs for these teachers integrate skills development with critical reflection and the experience of actual teaching. Journal writing is a strategy for supporting the development of reflective practice. It is used within the Introduction to Tertiary Teaching course (ITT) for lecturers at the University of Wollongong. This case study describes the outcomes of an investigation into ITT participants' perceptions of journal writing and reflective practice within the course. It includes Ideas for Implementing Reflective Practice in ITT Subjects which was developed as a result of the investigation.

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