This upcoming Fall I (Pooja) will begin teaching my first course at Simon Fraser University entitled: Building on Reflective Practice. The past few weeks I have been consumed thinking about what I want my course to look like. I have been asking myself: What do I want students to experience during this course? What is my overall goal for this course? What new understandings do I want students to be able to arrive to?
While developing the course I have realized I want students to have opportunities to develop as critical reflective practitioners; that is think deeply about how issues of power, dominance, and equity influence their work and those they work with. I stumbled upon the following image (Pietroni, 1995) which has stuck with me. It speaks to how critical reflection helps to develop our practice (as teachers, social workers, nurses, etc.) as a professional, personal, and political act.
If you have taught a course in critical reflective practice, I would love to hear about your experiences. What worked and what didn’t? What did students find meaningful?
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Hi Pooja You might want to check out Reflective Teaching and Learning in the Secondary School (ed Dymoke 2012 2nd edition, published by Sage) . The first chapter on Professional Learning is written by my now retired colleague Jennifer Harrison. This book has been the core text for our PGCE programme for the last 5 years.
Hi Sue! Thanks so much for the suggestion. I am ordering the book now 😀
Great. Hope you find it useful.