ERIC Number: EJ911121
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
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Reference Count: 52
Can Reflective Practice Be Taught?
Edwards, Gail; Thomas, Gary
Educational Studies, v36 n4 p403-414 Oct 2010
Almost ubiquitous in discourses about the development of teachers, reflective practice describes the process that occurs when persons are apprenticed to any meaningful activity. But reflective practice is a descriptive term for that process: it does not imply that the process is itself open to dissection and instruction. We contend that mistaken accounts of teachers' thinking have led to misdirected interventions which continue to hinder teachers' development. We conclude by suggesting that the question to be addressed by teacher educators is not the technicist one: how do we teach reflective practice?, but rather the values-based one: into which practices do we wish to initiate our teachers and pupils?
Descriptors: Reflective Teaching, Learning Processes, Teacher Educators, Values, Decision Making, Faculty Development, Inquiry, Theory Practice Relationship, Communities of Practice, Teacher Student Relationship, Context Effect
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