Scaffolded Reflection and the Identity-fication of Personal Philosophies of Learning: Moving out of the comfort zone and into the 21st century
Wednesday, May 19 3:15 PM-4:15 PM Location: Butterworth 2
Abstract: In the next decade large numbers of teachers will retire from education. With them goes organisational memory established through traditional practice. During this time the profession faces an enormous challenge and an enormous opportunity. The challenge is to replace ‘baby boomers’ and others who are leaving. The opportunity is to replace them with new generations of teachers prepared with 21st century perspectives, experience, and understanding of the basic skills necessary in an ever-changing, increasingly diverse 21st century, technology-rich environment. Scaffolded reflection on cross-cultural experiences, the impact of technology, and being part of a learning community will encourage those basic skills. This paper describes research exploring the development of global social awareness and responsibility in Australian preservice teachers and parallels that experience with the creation of a place for technology as a learning community tool in personal philosophies of learning.