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Reflective Practice and Professional Development


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What Is Reflective Practice? What Does Reflective Practice Look Like? How Can We Make Reflective Practice More Effective? The Challenges, Benefits and Possible Solutions to Using Reflection in a Professional Context How Does Reflective Practice Fit into the 'Big Picture?' What Do Teachers and Students Think of 'Peer Learning Interactions' Reflective Practice for Children and Young People How Do We Support Putting Reflections into Practice? Reflecting on Reflections: Reflections On Reflecting Appendices

About the Author

Peter Tarrant is a Teaching Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, where he has worked for the last five years. He is responsible for the organisation and running of a number of course for Initial Teacher Education. He lectures in Practicum, Professional Studies, Learning Behaviour and Languages and Literacy. He is also responsible for developing Professional Reflection for students on the Bachelor of Education and the Post Graduate Diploma in Education courses.


'A welcome text that explores the importance of reflective practice in teacher training and related disciplines. The author shows us the challenges for students in learning how and why we reflect and the potential for embedding reflective practice in everyday professional actions'
-Cyndy Hawkin, Senior Lecturer, Nottingham Trent University
'It is so easy to read and certainly not one which is drowned in academic tone (such a relief!). It is very practical and I read it nodding my head as I agree with so many points. At a CAT session on Friday the probation teacher in my school was saying how useful it was for him too. The school I am in are using the reflective questions in your book to help form their weekly evaluations and are starting to implement a 'peer learning' type situation where two members of staff will be paired up to support one another in being more reflective of their practice. It is certainly a book I would recommend (and I have!) to other students'
-Suzie Kerr, Student, University of Edinburgh

Clearly written; very well-referenced; includes a set of 10 photocopiable handouts/worksheets - some for use by teachers, some by pupils. Anyone wanting to learn about RP from scratch would do well to read this book first.

-- Marian Nicholson * The Teacher Trainer Vol 28 No 2 *

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