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blog as a tool for student teachers to express ideas

Blog As A Tool For Student Teachers To Express Ideas

Yoon SookJhee

Abdul Ghani Bin Abu

Raja Nor SafinasBinti Raja Harun

UniversitiPendidikan Sultan Idris

what is blog
What is blog?

an online individual entry of journals in reverse chronological order in which the blogger consistently includes or posts new journals or entries (Blood, 2000 ).

The essence of blogginess lays within the raw, unpolished, authentic and individuality voice of the person who produces the journal (Winer, 2003).

previous research on blogging in education field
Previous research on blogging in education field
  • The atmosphere of the blog is totally student-controlled. Blog is created, owned, controlled, participated and dominated by students (MacBride & Luehman, 2008).

The personal space reduces students’ fear in communicating ideas. Blogging allows students to make errors (Kavaliauskienè, Anusienè & Mažeikiene, 2006). It avoids the fear of being labelled (MacBride & Luehmann, 2008). Students feel relax (Ducate & Lomicka, 2008) to express themselves in the blog.


Another significant feature of blogging which is the ability to provide feedback through comment. In fact, publishing work on blog itself necessarily means inviting readers of feedbacks (Godwin-Jones, 2006).


Comments serve several purposes.

  • a training ground for students to improve communicative skills (Pinkman, 2005).
  • teacher identifies problem faced by the students based on the comment given (Nelson & Fernheimer, 2003).
  • comments allow them to interact with their peers (Flatley, 2005).
  • comments help the students to self-edit their posts (JafarAskariArani, 2005).
  • comments help in reflecting their learning (Mynard, 2008).
statement of problem
Statement of Problem
  • The limited contact time between the teachers and the students does not sufficiently and effectively provide opportunities for students to express themselves.
  • It is difficult for teacher to pay individual attention to every student. Even in whole class discussion, only a few and normally, the same students would participate. These students dominate the discussion (ZainalAbidin Bin Sayadi, 2007) while others are just listeners.

In classroom discussion, students with better proficiency in English tend to dominate.

  • Students with lower proficiency felt inferior to participate in the discussion.
  • The lack of language proficiency also burden the students to use more time to construct sentences, find vocabulary and practice the sentences in their mind before they were confident enough to voice out.
objective of the study
Objective of the study
  • This study aimed to explore on how blogging enables the students to articulate ideas outside classroom

The Blog project

Created a network called Communicative English II. The address is

Demonstrated to the participants on how to sign up and create a blog

Sent invitation email

Participants were asked to write about 100 words for each topic. One topic was given every week.

Participants suggested some topics that they would like to blog about. The topics were used for subsequent weeks.


A class of 30 students who were studying Communicative English II

This course is a 14-week program which involves the four language skills, namely, the listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.

17 of them were majoring in TESL, while the other 13 participants were majoring in Visual Communication.

data sources
Data sources

A questionnaire was administered at the end of the study.

Semi structure interviews were conducted to six participants

Blog content analysis of all blog entries throughout the eight weeks

Self assessment rubrics were collected at the end of the study.

findings and discussion
Findings and Discussion

The number of entries posted

express and share ideas outside the classroom
Express and share ideas outside the classroom
  • The questionnaire found that 50% of the participants strongly agree that blogging allows interaction with other students. 33.3% of the participants also agree with this item.
  • Participants’ interaction with others outside classroom was determined by two factors. Firstly, participants were able to seek for language assistance from others who also signed in at the same time.

Sometimes when I faced problem, I would ask the TESL students how to write the sentence in English.(Sometimes macam saya tak tahu saya akan tanya budak-budak TESL macam mana nak tukar ayat ni dalam bentuk BI)

[Participant 14]


Secondly, blogging seemed to be the answer for spatial and temporal challenges as Participant 05, 12 and 14 described it as time-saving, unlimited, and could be done anywhere. If students do not have opportunity or time to voice out opinions in the classroom, they could still do it even after the lesson ended.


Students in UPSI are from different courses, they do not have time to sit down and discuss. Through blog, even if we do not have time, we can access Internet and blog.... Through blogging, we can combine ideas even though we do not have time, we still can do it. (Macamsetiapbudak, pelajardi UPSI nitaksama course, takadamasakalaunakduduksemejanakberbincang. Mungkinmelalui blog nisaya rasa walaupuntakadamasa, melalui Internet kamibolehmacambila-bilamasakamibolehbuka blog....Dari situ mungkinbolehbergabung ideas, macamwalaupuntakadamasa, kamiboleh, masihboleh.)

[Participant 21]

developing ideas through comments
Developing ideas through comments
  • They developed ideas in two ways. The first way is a gradual process of developing ideas.
  • Participants started with posting a short entry of a topic, mainly due to the low proficiency English and lack of ideas.
  • When they received comments asking them questions or clarification, they answered the questions by providing more supporting details. These details further substantiated their initial ideas.

The second process involved discovering new information through reading others’ blog.

  • It only gave them a general idea but also new insights and perspective on how a topic can be approached. Thus, they synthesized their own perspective, associating with their own belief, as discussed earlier.
  • 30% of the participants strongly agree whereas 50% agree that reading others’ blog prompted them to find more information about the topics.


Developing ideas through comments

Post entry

Receiving comments


learning new knowledge and skills
Learning new knowledge and skills
  • Computer literacy skills
  • They have learned how to authorize the blog.
  • They were able to present themselves through the personalised features
  • Information management skills.
  • They had to choose and decide which information such as quote or statistics to substantiate their ideas

Actually we found lots of information when we blog. We found and produced information.I had to decide what information to include in my blog...I was independent in searching information for my blog. (Melalui blog ni, kita banyak mencari maklumat sebenarnya. Mencari dan menghasilkan maklumat.... ah sebelum saya nak ah hantar apa-apa kat blog tu kan, saya banyak decide dekat mana-mana ah maklumat yang ada....saya dah berdikari untuk cari maklumat saya sendiri untuk saya letakkan kat blog saya)

Participant 05


Questionnaire indicates that 53% and 30% of the participants strongly agree and agree respectively that blogging improves their general knowledge.

  • . 40% of the participants strongly agree that information gained through blogging is useful for them. Another 36.7% of the participants also agree on this item.
  • Time management skills
  • The importance of leaving comments
  • Creating students’ awareness and responsibility to provide language assistance through comments.
  • One issue that arises from this study is the readiness and ability of the students to provide language assistance to their peers.
  • The study found that the acceptance and response of the students in using blog is positive.
  • Blogging allows the students to express their ideas outside classroom
  • Blogging enables the students to develop ideas
  • Blogging helps the students to learn new skills and knowledge.