3. Reflection

Why critically reflect on practice?

Critical reflection


Chapter 3 asks us to consider why it is important to reflect on our practice, before exploring practical strategies that would enable us to do so.  It asks us to draw upon our everyday experience as a way of informing our teaching and ends with a discussion of Pollard’s (2013) seven key characteristics of reflective practice.

For further discussion on the importance of reflecting in vocational education without constraint, see:

Lloyd, C. & Payne, J. (2012) Raising the quality of vocational teachers: continuing professional development in England, Wales and Norway. Research Papers in Education V.27, I.1, pp.1-18. Routledge. Online [available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02671522.2010.483524]

To read an introduction to reflective teaching, see:

Zeichner, M. and Liston, P. (1996) Reflective Teaching: An Introduction, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum.

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