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Calling all Reflectors!!


I am hoping to run a one-day course to assist staff to become more reflective in their writing style regarding their work practice. I wondered if anyone knows of any good materials I could use regarding this before I re-invent the wheel?? Main objective is to get people to write a style which indicates why the do/did what they did and also demonstrates consideration of the impact they have in relation to their work. Any suggestions would be gratefully appreiciated.
Ann Marie McKenna

4 Responses

  1. Turning into Reflective
    Dear Ann Marie

    The following book is light and good one to read to get an insight into what you want to do:

    Boud, D., Keogh, R., and Walker, D., (1985) Reflection: Turning Experience into Learning, Kogan Page, London, UK

    You need not reinvent the wheel but you may wish to modify the existing wheel to suit your organisation requirements.

    Naturally, there are many other books to confer with but one that stuck in mind is:
    Argyris, C., and Schön, D., (1974) Theory into Practice: Increasing Professional Effective, Jossey Bass, San Francisco, USA

    Argyris and Schön conducted a number of studies across a variety of different professional groups to develop a theory of competent interpersonal practice and to explore how individuals learn in practice situations.

    One of the City & Guilds 4445 Higher Level Qualifications in Learning and Development Modules consists of “The Reflective Practitioner”, which you may wish to examine its syllabus.

    I hope this helps.


  2. I’ll be happy to email you something
    Hullo Ann Marie

    I’m somewhat intrigued by your interest in help people write more reflectively. This implies that you have already succeeded in encouraging them to do some writing, quite an achievement in itself!

    I have written a document that contains a few pages on reflection activities – written or conversational. The whole thing is quite long – 160 pages – and I sell it by email at £20. However I’d be very happy to email you, free of charge, the pages most related to Reflection.

    All the best

    Tom Boydell

  3. Tom thank you!

    Thank you very much for your kind offer!! Could you head your e-mail FAO Ann Marie my address is [email protected] Thanks again for your help with this.

    Ann Marie

  4. Ideas
    Hi! Have you considered using music to help the reflection process (as in “The Mozart Effect” tapes and book or “The Tao of Music”). Also, have a look at Julia Cameron’s work on creativity (“The Artist’s Way”) for some exercises that encourage reflection. Using example text from inspirational business leaders may also help sell people on the usefulness of reflection. Get back to me if I can help further. All the best in your venture.


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