ERIC Number: EJ862369
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Reference Count: 26
Modes of Reflection: Is It Possible to Use Both Individual and Collective Reflection to Reconcile the "Three-Party Knowledge Interests" in Workplace Learning?
European Journal of Education, v44 n3 p385-398 Sep 2009
Reflection is a complex process that many learners do not find easy, and facilitating their reflection requires a sophisticated pedagogy. The focus in this process is normally on the development of the individual professionals and their own particular practice, with the assumption that enhanced individual performance will prove of benefit to the employer through its contribution to a better functioning of the organisation. Therefore the process of individual reflection on practice does not explicitly and directly address employers' workplace needs. Boud, Cressey and Docherty's (2006) emphasis on a process of collective reflection at work in which there are explicit links between reflection and organisational benefits appears to provide a model in which individual and employer interests can be reconciled. This article draws on a range of literature to consider whether it would be possible for the model of productive reflection to provide the basis for a more effective way of demonstrating value to the employer, while still balancing this interest with that of the individual learner and of the university.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Experiential Learning, Reflection, Work Environment, Interests, Lifelong Learning, Employer Employee Relationship, Outcomes of Education, Models
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