THE ART OF REFLECTION: TEACHING FROM THE HEART LINDA GHYS Negotiated Project in University Teaching (EDUC5124) 13th October, 2008
‘…thoughts and feelings circle around us, flash back, then forward, the topical is interwoven with the chronological, thoughts and feelings merge, drop from our grasp, then reappear in another context’ (in Ellis & Bochner, 2000: 752).
…critical reflection ‘happens when teachers discover and examine assumptions of teaching practice by viewing their own practice through four distinct…lenses’ (Brookfield, 1995: xiii).
‘The tangles of teaching have three important sources. The first two are commonplace, but the third, and most fundamental, is rarely given its due’. ‘If students and subjects accounted for all the complexities of teaching, our standard ways of coping would do – …’ ‘… there is another reason for these complexities: we teach who we are’. (Palmer, 1997)
‘In considering the qualities of a scholar, …three characteristics merit especial attention: integrity, perseverance and courage’ (Glassick, Huber & Maerhoff, 1997:63)
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