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ERIC Number: EJ1032391
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-1359-6748
Making Work and Learning More Visible by Reflective Practice
Tikkamäki, Kati; Hilden, Sanna
Research in Post-Compulsory Education, v19 n3 p287-301 2014
Several characteristics are necessary to have a flourishing workplace: one is organisational learning. Modern workplaces call for individual responsibility, ability, and willingness to share expertise, as well as continuous learning. However, critical elements of the process of organisational learning -- participating, knowing, cooperating and reflecting -- are only partly "visible". We propose that to cope with the pressure of renewal and to facilitate organisational learning, organisational structures and processes should be made more visible through reflective practice. The concept of reflective practice is analysed via its elements of reflective capacity, reflective dialogue, reflective experiment, and reflective management control systems. We investigate how reflection can be triggered and supported in real-life organisations, as a part of everyday work. Reflection is not studied as a hidden, mental process, but instead as a visible practice directed at past, present, or future objects. Enabling reflective practice, thus making learning more visible in the everyday agendas of the organisation, calls for genuine commitment and appreciation of reflective and dialogic ways of working. Reflective practice calls for a culture that values continuous discovery and experimentation. This appreciation is ultimately realised in reward systems, organisations' official values and shared norms, thus forming a language and a culture that embrace reflection.
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Language: English
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