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ERIC Number: EJ821362
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-1354-0602
The Labour of Learning to Reflect
Francis, Dawn; Ingram-Starrs, Louise
Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, v11 n6 p541-553 Dec 2005
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.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education; Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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