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This chapter will investigate the complexities of designing an optimum online learning environment in which pre-service teachers can reflect on their practicum teaching experiences and come to critical understandings about their practice. It charts the pedagogical journey of two teacher educators engaged in a series of teaching initiatives implemented with a view to fostering critical reflective practice in pre-service teachers during the potentially isolating practicum component of their course. To counter this isolation, online forums were established to promote critical reflection among pre-service teachers, and lecturers monitored the impact of the pedagogical choices. Findings point to the need for teacher educators engaged in promoting online discussion with pre-service teachers during practicum to maintain a delicate balance between addressing pre-service teachers’ social and cognitive needs


School of Education

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