Guest editors' introduction to special theme issue [of Studies in Learning, Evaluation, Innovation and Development]: Reflective practices

Danaher, Patrick Alan and Grace, Andre P. (2006) Guest editors' introduction to special theme issue [of Studies in Learning, Evaluation, Innovation and Development]: Reflective practices. Studies in Learning, Evaluation, Innovation and Development, 3 (2). i-iv. ISSN 1832-2050


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[Rationale]: This special theme issue of Studies in Learning, Evaluation, Innovation and
Development is entitled Reflective Practices: Promoting Professional Learning in
Contemporary Workplaces. Current rhetoric constructs such workplaces as
learning organisations and communities of practice facilitating situated learning
(Anderson, Reder, & Simon, 1997; Lave & Wenger, 1993) where the effective
attainment of outcomes depends on employees at all levels renewing their
professional learning and contributing to ongoing efficiencies. Potential barriers to
the promotion of this view of professional learning include employees who might
take a different view of their roles and/or organisations failing to accept and build
on that learning.
Reflective practice (Schön, 1987) is a key pre-requisite if such professional
learning is to energise contemporary workplaces and to enhance individual and
institutional development. This issue of the journal canvasses a range of evidencebased
strategies deployed by the contributing authors to engage in reflective
practices of various kinds in their respective workplaces, with a view to evaluating
their effectiveness and their impact on professional learning. What emerges from
that engagement is a recognition of the situated character of reflection and of the
complexity – even the confusion – of influences on its likely efficacy in initiating
and sustaining productive change and lifelong learning.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: The journal states that 'Copyright of articles is retained by authors. As an open access journal, articles are free to use, with proper attribution, in educational and other non-commercial settings.'
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:52
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:40
Uncontrolled Keywords: professional learning, reflection, reflective practice, workplace learning
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170112 Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators

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