Critical Reflection: Overview and Latest Ideas. Jan Fook South West London Academic Network. A sceptical voice…. Does anyone not reflect? Do we really know what it means (in practical terms)? Is it possible to pinpoint in concrete terms how it changes your actions?
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Involves learning from experience by examining fundamental assumptions, reintegrating experiences (and reformulating meaning and principles for living), resulting in new guidelines for action.
(Boud 2006, 2010; Fook, 2010)
we have to find a way of critically reflecting which is:
Boud et al (2006) (eds) Productive Reflection at Work
Boud (2010) in Bradbury et al (eds) Beyond Reflective Practice: New Approaches to Professional Lifelong Learning
Fook (2010) in Bradbury et al (as above)
Fook & Gardner (2007) Practising Critical Reflection
Humphrey, C. (2009) “By the light of the Tao”, European Journal of Social Work, vol. 12, no. 3. (whole special issue on CR)
Pockett, R. & Giles, R.(2008) Critical Reflection: Generating Theory from Practice
Ruch, G. (2009) “Identifying the ‘critical’ in a relaitonship-based model of reflection” EJSW (as above)
Involves both theory and practice:
……..taking on the views of other professionals
we need to remember that:
organisations and individuals are intertwined – each shapes the other.
Critical reflection can help us learn about how individuals make sense of their organisations and their place within them.
The organisation is more than the sum of its parts
individual change can spark a change in organisational culture.
Critical reflection can help individuals find ways to enact different cultures
Finding spaces doesn’t have to be hard.
Opportunities may exist for critical reflection in spaces which already exist:
Cultural changes need to be supported by structural changes.
What new structures and practices need to be developed to support a critically reflective culture in my organisation?
What do I need to think and do differently?