This paper investigates the enhancement of reflective thinking in the context of online and distance adult education, through blogging as part of a course activity. A multi-case was conducted involving content and thematic analyses. The results show that students appreciated the reflection process that blogging engaged them into, while their motivation to further explore and use blogs to improve their learning experiences was increased. Factors affecting blog interaction are also identified, while the findings are associated with the key components of a theoretical framework for reflection in an attempt to link theory and research on reflective thinking.


student reflection critical thinking blogging adult education case study web-based course online learning environments perspective change model of reflection 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria Mama Timotheou
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  1. 1.Faculty of Humanities and Social SciencesOpen University of CyprusCyprus

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