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ERIC Number: EJ1187045
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1476-7333
Reflective Practice or Poetic Mindfulness: A Role for Social Poetics in Constructing and Performing Futures
Ramsey, Caroline
Action Learning: Research and Practice, v15 n2 p90-101 2018
Reflective Practice has been dominated for the last 25 years by an experiential school as typified by Kolb (1984. "Experiential Learning." Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall). This paper suggests that there are significant problems with an approach to considering futures that is based on 'knowledge' of the past, identification of ongoing cause--effect relations and individual agency. Alternative, Social Constructionist premises are discussed and a 'Social Poetics' (Shotter, 1996. "Social Construction as social poetics: Oliver Sacks and the case of Dr P." In "Reconstructing the Psychological Subject," edited by B. Bayer and J. Shotter. London: Sage) is offered as a mindfulness that foregrounds moment-by-moment relations in which new realities are improvised. The use of different poetic forms to shape a poetic mindfulness is proposed and three advantages of such a practice are suggested. First, that a poetic mindfulness can interrupt limiting 'thinking habits'. Secondly, it foregrounds the creativity of ongoing relations and, thirdly, it provides an alternative to simple cause-effect relations by foregrounding social improvisation.
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Language: English
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