Value of blogs in preservice teacher education

Liping Deng*, Allan H.K. Yuen

*Corresponding author for this work

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Accompanying the popularity of blog technology as a dominant online publishing paradigm is a growing interest in its educational benefits. This paper sets out to understand the role of blogs in supporting a dispersed community of preservice teachers through content analysis of their blogs and comments. A model of the educational affordances of blogs is proposed to examine how blogs can support self-expression, self-reflection, social interaction, and reflective dialogue on the part of student teachers. This paper revealed that the salient value of blogs centered on emotion-laden and social-oriented individual expressions and reflection. The interactive functionality of blogs was used mostly for exchanging social support rather than reflective dialogue.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 17th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2009
EditorsSiu Cheung Kong, Hiroaki Ogata, Hans Christian Arnseth, Carol K. K. Chan, Tsukasa Hirashima, Fanny Klett, Jimmy Lee, Chen Chung Liu, Chee Kit Looi, Marcelo Milrad, Antonija Mitrovic, Kiyoshi Nakabayashi, Su Luan Wong, Stephen Yang
PublisherAsia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9789868473539
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2009
Event17th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2009 - , Hong Kong
Duration: 30 Nov 20094 Dec 2009

Publication series

NameProceedings of International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE


Conference17th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2009
Country/TerritoryHong Kong
Internet address

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Education

User-Defined Keywords

  • Blogs
  • Preservice teacher education
  • Reflection
  • Weblogs


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