Posts Tagged 'Schon'

This Reflection Brought to You By the Letter “W”

As an activity to get into Schon’s Reflective Practitioner today, we were each given a toy. Here was mine:

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So I have the letter W as my object. The first thing that comes to mind for me is sort of theoretical – the letter W is a representation, so is implicitly about the process of making explicit through representation. The themes of implicit and explicit run through Schon’s work, most clearly in his discussion of three levels of knowing – knowing-in-action, reflection-in-action, and reflection-in-practice. To me, these three levels represent a spectrum of implicit to explicit, with the process of representation (and therefor my little W) becoming most relevant at the reflection-in-practice level, wherein a practitioner most actively is theorizing and communicating about their work over a longer timescale so as to understand patterns and regularities in their work. I can see the letter W really playing a key role in this process. : )


Spiral Gear – Circular Reflection


My object is a spiral spinning toy and it makes me think of the circular nature of reflection. As we reflect on our practice, we can improve upon our actions. By reflecting on our reflection process, we become aware of our learning process and can be more attentive, autonomous thinkers. This spiral is infinite as it spins, as is the reflective cycle through which we can grow and change and iterate our practices. The magnet on the back of this toy signifies the strength of reflection if we attach it to practice. Once attached, it can grab hold and stick, but it can also easily be removed if we are not careful. We must stay attentive to our reflection-in-action and continually reflect on our reflective practice.