Reflection in the round: Discourses and Practices of Reflection in HE
Westminster Institute of Education, Oxford Brookes University
The two seminars brought together academics from a range of disciplines to explore the discourses and practices of reflection in UK HE.The first seminar drew together practice perspectives across a range of disciplines based around members of the National Teaching Fellow network. The second seminar was a British Association for Applied Linguistics / Cambridge University Press sponsored seminar which sought to to develop a dialogue between practice based and theoretical based researchers of reflective practice in the context of UK HE: specifically between those engaged in ethnographic and action research based research of reflection in professional and pedagogic practice with researchers who are engaged in discourse based approaches (Descriptive and Critical) of such practices. In order to facilitate this dialogue 4 National Teaching Fellows from day 1 were invited to present papers at the BAAL/CUP seminar on June 24th.
The papers offered on both days were invited to address the same broad three questions:
- What are the range of discourses and practices that come under the term Reflection? (What insights into such practices do discourse perspectives provide? June 24th)
- What are the challenges of interpreting, framing the learning, and assessing, of reflection?
- Genealogy: Why this practice, why now, why here, and who is it for? (interpretations and explanations for the rise of reflection as a pedagogic and professional practice)
All the papers were shared in plenary mode to offer cross disciplinary discsussion. On this site we will be trying to make available the Abstracts/ PowerPoints / Handouts / Weblinks and draft Papers that were presented at the seminars or have been offered since. We will also seek to continue some of the discussions and exchanges that were started on both days.
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