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ERIC Number: EJ783702
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 30
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0309-8249
Embodied Reflection and the Epistemology of Reflective Practice
Kinsella, Elizabeth Anne
Journal of Philosophy of Education, v41 n3 p395-409 Aug 2007
Donald Schon's theory of reflective practice has been extensively referred to and has had enormous impact in education and related fields. Nonetheless, there continues to be tremendous conceptual and practical confusion surrounding interpretations of reflective practice and philosophical assumptions underlying the theory. In this paper, I argue that one of the original contributions of reflective practice is the theory's attention to an embodied reflective dimension. In this regard, the influences of Michael Polanyi and Gilbert Ryle, within Donald Schon's classic work, are examined and shed light on a unique embodied reflective dimension within the theory of reflective practice. This paper suggests that the notion of an embodied mode of reflection is a useful way to conceive of the original contributions that Schon brings to understandings of reflective processes in professional education. Such understanding is crucially important to practical applications of the theory amidst widespread confusion in educational contexts.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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