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ERIC Number: EJ1077213
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jan
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1541-3446
Exploring Dimensions of Critical Reflection in Activist-Facilitator Practice
Hanson, Cindy
Journal of Transformative Education, v11 n1 p70-89 Jan 2013
This article explores how 14 diverse, Canadian activist-facilitators working in international development experience and understand "critical reflection" as a component of participatory methodologies in facilitation practices. The findings, based on my doctoral study, demonstrate that although critical reflection is often discussed as integral to participatory approaches of facilitation using critical pedagogies, understandings and experiences of what that means in practice vary. For example, study participants often expressed practicing critical reflection through technical-rational approaches and seldom distinguished between critical reflection, reflexivity, and reflection. The findings illustrate three main challenges to applying critical reflection in practice: (1) time and value given to critical reflection; (2) institutional requirements; and (3) personal vulnerability. The results have implications for critical feminist pedagogies, including the development of critically reflective practices that challenge dominant ideologies and hierarchical power structures. The study demonstrates lessons for deepening pedagogical practices around critical reflection and reflexivity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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