Reflective Practice in Teaching

Pre-service Teachers and the Lens of Life Experience

  • Gretchen Geng
  • Pamela Smith
  • Paul Black
  • Yoshi Budd
  • Leigh Disney

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Background to the Book

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Gretchen Geng, Pamela Smith, Paul Black, Yoshi Budd, Leigh Disney
      Pages 3-10
  3. Preparing Students for Learning

  4. Engaging Students as Learners

  5. Perspectives on ICT

  6. Well-Being and the Learning Environment

  7. Education and Society

  8. Windup

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 265-265
    2. Paul Black, Gretchen Geng, Pamela Smith, Yoshi Budd, Leigh Disney
      Pages 267-275

About this book


This book investigates the ways in which pre-service teachers develop and articulate their professional knowledge by presenting their reflections on contemporary issues and topics they have explored during their own teaching practicums. It uses reflective practice to connect pre-service teachers’ personal backgrounds with their placement experience concerning a self-selected topic, including teacher educators’ reflections on the pre-service teachers’ reports on these placement topics. By illustrating the broad range of issues encountered by pre-service teachers, sharing multiple perspectives on the complexity of classroom practice, and demonstrating the importance of reflective practice, it also provides a valuable mentoring framework. 

Moreover, the book studies how examining pre-service teachers’ life experience can facilitate in-depth understanding, specifically in the context of pre-service teachers’ reflections on their own practices in different educational settings. In short, the book helps current and prospective pre-service teachers and teacher educators get to know their students and themselves better using reflective practice.


initial teacher education in Australia researching classroom practice reflective practice teacher narratives teaching practicum Australian educational settings research methods in education early career teachers

Editors and affiliations

  • Gretchen Geng
    • 1
  • Pamela Smith
    • 2
  • Paul Black
    • 3
  • Yoshi Budd
    • 4
  • Leigh Disney
    • 5
  1. 1.International Education GroupBeijing Foreign Studies UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.School of EducationCharles Darwin UniversityDarwinAustralia
  3. 3.School of EducationCharles Darwin UniversityDarwinAustralia
  4. 4.RMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  5. 5.Monash UniversityClaytonAustralia

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