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Practicing Core Reflection
Activities and Lessons for Teaching and Learning from Within

ISBN 9780415819961
Published October 7, 2014 by Routledge
206 Pages

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Book Description

Practicing Core Reflection features 78 concrete educational activities and exercises based on research. These can be used individually and in groups to support 'teaching and learning from within.’ Core Reflection is an approach focused on people's personal strengths and on using practical strategies to overcome obstacles to the enactment of these strengths. This approach has been used in many contexts all over the world and has shown great promise in helping to re-chart the course for education and to re-think its purpose in global and democratic societies. Additional tools (Cards, Figures, Tables, Forms in a printable PDF format) are provided on this website (under the eResources tab). Building on the theoretical foundations established in Korthagen, Kim, and Green’s Teaching and Learning from Within: A Core Reflection Approach to Quality and Inspiration in Education, this companion volume can be used together with it or on its own to engage educators in exploring what it means to bring out the best in oneself, in students, in colleagues, and others—a critically significant project if education is to realize new levels of possibility and potential.

Table of Contents


1. Working from your inner core: An outline

1. Introductory activity: Reflection on inspiration and stagnation

2. Tapping into the power of your core qualities

2. Introductory activity: Looking at what makes people special

3. Introductory activity: Recognizing your own core qualities

4. Recognizing core qualities in situations

5. Recognizing different types of core qualities

6. Increasing your skills by applying core qualities

7. Expanding your core qualities

8. Applying new core qualities

9. Increasing your energy by applying your core qualities in the here and now

10. Working with the core qualities that give meaning to your life

11. Applying your core qualities specifically

12. Applying core qualities in difficult situations

13. Balancing core qualities

14. Recognizing and naming core qualities in a conversation

15. Recognizing core qualities of a group

3. Using three information channels: Thinking, feeling and wanting

16. Orientation activity: Experiencing the difference between thinking and feeling

17. Orientation activity: Using the information of thinking, feeling and wanting

18. Becoming aware of your thoughts in a difficult situation

19. Observing your thinking

20. Developing more focused thinking

21. Looking at a problem through different ‘glasses’

22. Discerning differences among feelings

23. Becoming aware of the effects of your feelings

24. Deepening contact by using the elevator between thinking, feeling, and wanting

25. Managing the difference between ‘wanting’ and ‘having to’

26. Using your willpower

27. Working and living from your passion

4. Using the power of your desires and ideals

28. Introductory activity: Knowing your needs

29. Introductory activity: Recognizing your basic psychological needs

30. Discovering the connection between fulfillment of the need for competence and success in your work

31. Discovering the connection between fulfillment of the need for autonomy and motivation for your work

32. Discovering the relationship between fulfillment of the need for relatedness and having contact

33. Being more successful at work by feeling more competent

34. Becoming more motivated by increasing your sense of autonomy

35. Improved contact with your students or colleagues through increased relatedness

36. Exploring different types of ideals

37. Exploring your own ideals

38. Using the power of an ideal to complete a task

39. Focusing your ideals

40. Addressing your doubts about ideals

41. Using your inner resources

42. Using a role model as a source of inspiration and strength

5. Going with the flow

43. Introductory activity: Recognizing flow

44. Introductory activity: Increasing flow; work as play

45. Exploring flow and non-flow

46. Using core qualities to increase flow

47. Increasing the flow of a group: Flow is contagious

6. Letting go of limitations

48. Introductory activity: Becoming aware of your limiting thoughts

49. Introductory activity: Recognizing the self-fulfilling prophesy

50. Becoming aware of the fight response

51. Becoming aware of the flight response

52. Becoming aware of freezing

7. Connecting the aspects of your personality

53. Introductory activity: Recognizing different aspects of your personality

54. Introductory activity: Recognizing a friction between layers

55. Becoming aware of influences from your environment

56. Changing your perception of your environment

57. Reflecting on your behavior in a certain situation

58. Reflecting on your competencies

59. Reflecting on less developed competencies

60. Recognizing destructive beliefs

61. Recognizing constructive beliefs

62. Changing destructive beliefs

63. Reflecting on roles

64. Reflecting on identity

65. Staying true to yourself

66. Directing your work

8. Working with presence and mindfulness

67. Introductory activity: Experiencing presence

68. Working with attention

69. Recognizing and preventing drifting

70. Recognizing automatisms

71. Becoming aware of the pros and cons of downloading

72. Developing more presence and mindfulness

73. Deepening the connection

74. Becoming aware of the timeless observer

9. Turning problems into opportunities for growth

75. Introductory activity: Learning to use a problem as a route to an ideal

76. Introductory activity: Learning to handle obstacles

77. Leading a session on core reflection

78. Applying core reflection to yourself

10. Working with this book: Some practical tips

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Frits G. Evelein is an expert in education and art. He held various positions as a professor in teacher education at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, and in music and arts education at Codarts University of Performing Arts in Rotterdam. Currently he is involved in developing innovations in education and art.

Fred A.J. Korthagen is emeritus professor of Education at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. In 2000 and in 2006, he received the Exemplary Research in Teaching and Teacher Education Award from the Teaching and Teacher Education division of AERA. In 2009, he received the Distinguished Research Award from the Association of Teacher Educators.


"The vast majority of teachers are passionate about their work; Evelein and Korthagen describe how to tap this passion in order to sustain them in their important work. This project is exciting and full of potential for me as a teacher mentor."

Paul McCormick, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, USA

"This book is at the forefront of the field. As a ‘workbook’ it takes theory and practice, moulds them together in useable ways, and makes it possible for a teacher to not only make sense of the ideas but be capable of leading their development in classroom practice."

John Loughran, Monash University, Australia

"This is a unique collection that will enhance the work of all who aspire to become reflective practitioners."

Tom Russell, Queen’s University, Canada