19 March 2010

On Reflection; an idea whose time is past?

I have at last managed to finish writing up this opinion piece--which is the principal reason why I have hardly blogged for the past fortnight or so. I look forward to responses and hope I get some because otherwise it will have been something of a waste of time, but moderation is on, so constructive disagreement only, please!


  1. Anonymous12:48 pm

    "It is more suited to the practice of experienced practitioners and even experts"

    How can we become experienced or expert at it unless we practice as students? So maybe there is a place for it in undergraduate education.
    Ruth Rojahn ( ex MALT student, Hi James!)

  2. Thanks, Ruth--great point.

    You put your finger on the stage missing from this argument; just what are the necessary precursors of reflection? Effectively I am arguing that the process is hollow without a sound basis in... what? (Which is of course what we have to encourage students to develop)

    Once that basis is in place, reflection will follow as an emergent feature. Unlike other skills, I don't think it is (initially) developed from practice; practising poor reflection just means you get better at poor reflection, or at faking "reflection". It's fake because it is not reflected (sorry) in practice.

    That's much appreciated!


Comments welcome, but I am afraid I have had to turn moderation back on, because of inappropriate use. Even so, I shall process them as soon as I can.