Reflective practice


Reflective practice

Reflective practice is a concept used in education studies and pedagogy. It was introduced by Donald Schön in his book "The Reflective Practitioner" in 1983.

Reflective practice is a continuous process and involves the learner considering critical incidents in his or her life's experiences. As defined by Schön, reflective practice involves thoughtfully considering one's own experiences in applying knowledge to practice while being coached by professionals in the discipline. It has been described as an unstructured approach directing understanding and learning, a self regulated process, commonly used in Health and Teaching professions, though applicable to all. (R.Gregory)

In education, it refers to the process of the educator studying his or her own teaching methods and determining what works best for the students.

Further reading

*Donald Schön "The Reflective Practitioner" 1983.
*Hartman, H. J. (2001) Teaching Metacognitively. In Metacognition in Learning and Instruction. Springer, Dordrecht.

External links

* [http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Urban-Studies-and-Planning/11-965January--IAP--2007/Syllabus/index.htm] MIT OpenCourseWare course on Reflective Practice.


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