SA Journal of Education, Vol 34, No 1 (2014)

The effect of self reflections through electronic journals (e-journals) on the self efficacy of pre-service teachers

Zekiye Müge Tavıl


This study aims both to provide information about the self-reflections of pre-service teachers
keeping self-reflective e-journals during the practicum period and to determine the relationship
between their self-reflection and self-efficacy levels. Both quantitative and qualitative data were
analysed in integration to gain deeper insight into the study. To accommodate the quantitative
data, the English for foreign language (EFL) Teacher Efficacy Scale was administered to 40
pre-service English language teachers (ELT), both before and after the practicum period, to
measure the differences in their self-efficacy levels. The qualitative data were examined to
reveal the most frequently recurring problems among the e-journals and how the data
overlapped with the statistical analysis. The results revealed that incorporating reflective
e-journals into the field-based experience process helped pre-service teachers become active
decision-makers, contributors and efficient, confident teachers.

doi: 10.15700/201412120931

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