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This book chapter was originally published as Mantei, J and Kervin, L, Using iPods to capture professional dialogue between early career teachers to enrich reflective practice, in Herrington, J, Herrington, A, Mantei, J, Olney, I and Ferry, B (editors), New technologies, new pedagogies: Mobile learning in higher education, Faculty of Education, University of Wollongong, 2009, 138p.


Teachers early in their careers usually describe classroom teaching as complex and at times overwhelming as they endeavour to put into practice their beliefs and understandings about learning. For many, their university experiences seem removed from the reality of the classroom, they struggle to make strong links between theory and practice and as the collegial networks forged in the tutorial setting become less accessible, many teachers feel isolated from familiar and trusted networks. In this study, iPods were used to extend an established learning community beyond the university setting by creating audio files of professional dialogue captured during workshops and uploading them to a repository for teachers to access as needed. This chapter explores the process of capturing and sharing dialogue around teaching reflections between and among early career teachers.

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