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Abstract

Reflection and ePortfolios are current ‘buzz words’ in learning and teaching circles in pre-service teacher education. Given their increasingly prominent role in teacher preparation members of the Primary Program in the Faculty of Education and Arts sought to determine how best to incorporate these activities into learning and teaching at ECU. A program-wide implementation was considered to be most effective in promoting reflective practice and that a reflective portfolio would enhance the engagement of pre-service teachers with their learning experience and encouraging them to take responsibility for their developmental learning. This resulted in the development of the Professional Learning Journal (PLJ), which incorporated both reflective practice and a professional portfolio. While a number of measures were implemented to support pre-service teacher use of the PLJ, one of the key concerns identified by them was the cumbersome nature of the print-based PLJ. It was determined that a digital version of the PLJ would be the best way to overcome the physical restrictions of the print-based version and, as such, an ePortfolio was developed. Ensuring that the PLJ is used consistently and effectively across the Primary Program is ongoing; however, the lessons learnt to date provide some important insights for those in other programs and disciplines wishing to promote reflective practice.

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