Implementing a professional learning journal in a pre-service teacher education course

Document Type

Book Chapter


Sense Publishers


Faculty of Education and Arts


School of Education / Fogarty Learning Centre




This chapter was originally published as: Yardley, B., Lock, G., & Walsh, E. (2009). Implementing a professional learning journal in a pre-service teacher education course. In C. P. Lim, K. Cock, G. Lock & C. Brook (Eds.). Innovative Practices in Pre-Service Teacher Education: An Asia-Pacific Perspective (pp. 173-186). Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.Original book available here.


The importance of developing reflective practices in pre-service teacher education courses has received attention in the teacher education research literature in recent years. This chapter discusses the development and implementation of a professional learning journal in a Bachelor of Education (Primary) course at Edith Cowan University (ECU), Perth Western Australia, between 2005 and 2007. The chapter presents a brief review of the relevant literature on reflective thinking, before discussing how the professional learning journal was integrated into the course. Evaluation of its implementation, based on data collected from discussion forums, a written survey completed by pre�service and mentor teachers, observations from members of the journal feedback team, and anecdotal comments at journal workshops is then discussed. The final section of the chapter describes the development of the professional learning journal website, essentially an eportfolio that reflects the layout of the previous paper-based journal and portfolio.