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Reflective Practice and Professional Development

Reflective Practice and Professional Development

January 2013 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The connections between reflective practice and professional development are the focus for this book, which offers guidance to support lasting change and provides strategies to enable self-initiated professional development.

The book includes:

  • Traditional approaches to reflective practice
  • How to enhance the effectiveness of reflective practice
  • Putting reflective practice in context
  • How reflective practice can improve attainment for students and staff
  • An Appendix of useful resources

With case studies from new and experienced teachers, as well as examples of reflective practice from trainee teachers and from students studying across a range of Education courses, this book equips the reader to develop their own reflective practice framework. Relevant also to practitioners working across the children's workforce, it encourages personal and professional development for the whole range of professionals working in education and care.

What Is Reflective Practice?
What Does Reflective Practice Look Like?
How Can We Make Reflective Practice More Effective?
The Challenges, Benefits and Possible Solutions to Using Reflection in a Professional Context
How Does Reflective Practice Fit into the 'Big Picture?'
What Do Teachers and Students Think of 'Peer Learning Interactions'
Reflective Practice for Children and Young People
How Do We Support Putting Reflections into Practice?
Reflecting on Reflections: Reflections On Reflecting

'A welcome text that explores the importance of reflective practice in teacher training and related disciplines. The author shows us the challenges for students in learning how and why we reflect and the potential for embedding reflective practice in everyday professional actions'
-Cyndy Hawkin, Senior Lecturer, Nottingham Trent University

'It is so easy to read and certainly not one which is drowned in academic tone (such a relief!). It is very practical and I read it nodding my head as I agree with so many points. At a CAT session on Friday the probation teacher in my school was saying how useful it was for him too. The school I am in are using the reflective questions in your book to help form their weekly evaluations and are starting to implement a 'peer learning' type situation where two members of staff will be paired up to support one another in being more reflective of their practice. It is certainly a book I would recommend (and I have!) to other students'
-Suzie Kerr, Student, University of Edinburgh

Clearly written; very well-referenced; includes a set of 10 photocopiable handouts/worksheets – some for use by teachers, some by pupils. Anyone wanting to learn about RP from scratch would do well to read this book first.

Marian Nicholson
The Teacher Trainer Vol 28 No 2
The Teacher Trainer Vol 28 No 2

This book has been recommended to the learners embarking on the BA in relation to their first module, which explores professional development.

Mrs Sally Ann Humphries
Education , Rotherham College of Arts & Technology
September 4, 2015

The resource has allowed students to reflect upon their work placements and ideas for future development. Excellent resource for work based learning modules

Mr Nathan Price
Sport, Public Services and Travel, Birmingham Metropolitan College
April 8, 2016

This text supports the trainee teachers in considering the importance oif reflection both before and during periods of professional practice.

Mrs Marion Elizabeth Hobbs
Faculty of Education Ormskirk, Edge Hill University
September 7, 2015

I have recommended and will be recommending this book to our trainee teachers..

Mrs Sally Ann Humphries
Education , Rotherham College of Arts & Technology
September 4, 2015

A very practical and clear text to engage students with reflection on practice and professional development. The practical task and points of reflection are a useful tool to use in the classroom context.

Miss Joana Ferreira Fonseca
School of Edu. Theology and Leadership, St Mary's University, Twickenham
September 2, 2015

This text helps students link reflective practice to their own professional development. Good exercises to encourage students to engage with reflective practice.

Mrs Tracey Dobbs
School of Care, Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone
June 26, 2015

An excellent book for helping students understand how reflection in practice is a legitimate source of knowledge and evidence in contemporary practice.

Mrs Sandra Faircloth
Health , Northumbria University
May 12, 2015

This book encourages reflection on practice and professional development. It was very applicable to my early years students who recognised themes in common with their own professional practice. The particular focus on skills development and critical exercises were useful and easy to apply in a classroom context. The material in the appendices would be useful for students to adapt to their reflection and the development of follow-up action plans.

Dr Dimitrina Kaneva
Health and Community Studies, University of Bolton
April 17, 2015

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1 - What is Reflective Practice?

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