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Narratives for reflexivity: Understanding the professional self

Pearce, J. (2008) Narratives for reflexivity: Understanding the professional self. Creative Approaches to Research, 1 (2). pp. 45-54.

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The importance of 'reflective practice' in teaching and other professions is well established. Encouraging habits of reflection in students is a feature of the work of many professional educators. One starting point for students is reflection on their experiential knowledge of professional contexts. But in a learning environment shaped by a 'banking' model of education, students may question the legitimacy of experiential knowledge. This paper is an exploration of the potential of written personal narrative as a starting point for developing a reflexive understanding of the self in professional contexts. It has a specific focus on teacher education.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Education
Publisher: RMIT Publishing
Copyright: 2008 RMIT Publishing
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