This popular text provides a clear, succinct explanation of how reflection is integral to teachers’ understandings of themselves, their practice, and their context, and elaborates how various conceptions of reflective teaching differ from one another. The emphasis on the importance of both self and context is embedded within distinct and varied educational traditions (conservative, progressive, radical, and spiritual). Throughout the text the reader is encouraged to examine his/her assumptions and understandings of teaching, learning, and schooling and to reflect on self and context. The major goal of this book is to help teachers explore and define their own positions with regard to key topics and issues related to the aims of education in a democratic society. Its core message is that such reflection is essential to becoming more skilled, more capable, and in general better teachers.
New in the Second Edition: Underscores use of critical educational texts and film to encourage reflection; highlights emotional features of teaching and reflection; addresses spiritual/contemplative domains in educational traditions; Companion Website.
This series of small, accessible, interactive texts introduces the notion of teacher reflection and develops it in relation to the social conditions of schooling. The aim is to provide practicing and prospective teachers with ways to examine contextual issues of schooling and to articulate their ideas, beliefs, theories, expectations, assumptions, and feelings about those issues, and to facilitate reflection about teaching situations they face and decisions they must make on an ongoing basis. Each text focuses on a specific issue or content area in relation to teaching and follows the same format: Part I offers several case studies dealing with different aspects of book’s topic, each followed by space for readers to write their own reactions and reflections, educators’ dialogue about the case, space for readers’ reactions to the educators’ dialogue, and a summary and additional questions. Part II presents public arguments representing different views about the topic. Part III offers the authors’ personal views on some of the issues addressed, exercises for further reflection, and a list of resources. Books in this series are appropriate for teacher education courses across the curriculum.