What do we mean by reflective practice?
What does it involve?
How can it help you develop as a teacher?
The Teacher’s Reflective Practice Handbook is an essential source of advice, guidance and ideas for both student and practising teachers. Helping you to translate pedagogical knowledge into practice, this Handbook guides you through studying your own teaching for personal development, evaluating your lessons through classroom research, and enhancing the quality of pupil learning. It offers an innovative framework which serves to prepare you for the challenges and complexities of the classroom environment, and supports the continuing improvement of your teaching.
Underpinned by key theoretical concepts and contemporary research within the field of education, chapters help you to:
- systematically evaluate your teaching through classroom research procedures
- question personal theories and beliefs, and consider alternative perspectives and possibilities
- try out new strategies and ideas to maximise the learning potential of all students
- enhance the quality of, and continue to improve, your teaching.
Including a range of reflective tasks, links to online resources, exemplification material and further reading to help you develop your own thinking, The Teacher’s Reflective Practice Handbook is an accessible guide which supports the facilitation of reflective practice through self and peer assessment, problem-based learning and personal development planning. The multi-dimensional framework enables you to build a meaningful, personally relevant portfolio of evidence-informed practice.
Table of Contents
Preface Part One: Reflective Practice for Professional Development: Framing the construct 1. Reflective Practice: captured, framed and defined 2. Qualitative Distinctions in reflective practice Part Two: Dimensions of Reflective Practice 3. Dimenson 1 - Study your own teaching for personal improvement 4. Dimension 2 - Systematically evaluate your own teaching through classroom research procedures 5. Dimension 3 - Link theory with your own practice 6. Dimension 4 - Question your personal theories and beliefs 7. Dimension 5 - Consider alternative perspectives and possibilities 8. Dimension 6 - Try out new strategies and ideas 9. Dimension 7 - Maximise the learning potential of all your pupils 10. Dimension 8 - Enhance the quality of your own teaching 11. Dimension 9 - Continue to improve your own teaching Appendix A Appendix B
Paula Zwozdiak-Myers is Course Director for the Secondary Postgraduate Certificate in Education at Brunel University, UK.