The labour of learning to reflect

Francis, Dawn, and Ingram-Starrs, Louise (2005) The labour of learning to reflect. Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 11 (6). pp. 541-553.

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This article presents a polyphonic narrative of reflection in action across two institutional contexts; a university and a primary (elementary) school. It traces an honours student's research on reflection and her supervisor's reactions as reader. Both engage in construction and reconstruction of their basic beliefs about reflective practice as they engage with each other and these contexts. This research resulted in both people accepting that reflection is a public text with a specific genre to be mastered. Issues of power surround what can be shared with whom within the institutions as political sites. Students engage in strategic compliance whether to attract teachers' attention or to avoid it. Notions of trust and openness often mask power. This article poses that learning to reflect is hard labour.

Item ID: 7146
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1470-1278
Keywords: critical inquiry; reflection; reflective practice; teachers; teaching practice
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2010 05:06
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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