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ERIC Number: EJ877816
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-1470-8175
The Importance of and an Approach to Comprehensive Reflective Practice
Walsh, Gary
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, v38 n1 p1-3 Jan-Feb 2010
Reflective practice, the continuous process of self-evaluation and analysis of how teachers teach, is central to their continuous development and improvement as effective educators. The importance and benefits of comprehensive reflective practice represented one significant outcome and this author believes it to be a topic worthy of increased consideration by a community of teachers. In this article, he discusses the importance of comprehensive reflective practice and outlines an approach to reflective practice. The approach draws from several of the literature references cited in this paper. The author outlines this approach in the hope that some may find it useful, or at least that it will trigger the reader's further interest in and engagement with this topic. The approach suggested initially entails the identification of a specific assumption, value, or issue relating to current teaching practice with which a teacher is unhappy (or the identification of a potential teaching innovation the teacher wishes to explore). Once identified, consideration of the assumption or question to arrive at some form of conclusion or answer entails subjecting it to four different perspectives or "lenses"--(1) the autobiographical or personal lens; (2) the student lens; (3) the colleague lens; and (4) the literature lens.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ireland