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Wellington, B. (1991, March 3). The Promise of Reflective Practice.Educational Leadership, 5,
Wellington (1991) examines the application of reflective practice inteaching. The purpose of the article is to emphasize on the primacyof the reflective experience, above the knowledge gained from theory.On order to convey that message, Wellington gives an example of theexperience of teachers in America. In addition, Wellington uses ananalogy of the wildflower that plays a unique natural role in thecity where there are beautiful constructions where glass and concretepredominate. Wellington finds that, as a result of increased pressurefrom quality control measures, teachers in America have limitedability to apply the knowledge gained through experience in teaching.Wellington concludes that applying reflective teaching experience inteaching increases the morale of teachers, their relationship withstudents and the overall quality of the teaching practice. The mainlimitation of the study is that the writer gives only one generalexample to support the findings. To strengthen the study, Wellingtonshould have given an example of a situation where application ofreflective practice has improved the quality of the teachingpractice.
After reading the article by Wellington, I have gained new knowledgeabout the primacy and the impact of reflective practice, above thetheoretical knowledge. The information in the article is relevant tothe extent that it is applicable in all circumstances, in life, andnot just in the teaching practice. I realized that, in everything Ido, I should reflect on the practice and apply the knowledge gainedin improving my performance. However, the article by Wellington ismore than two decades old. There are many changes that have occurredin the education system over the last two decades. In addition,Wellington gives only one example to support the findings.Consequently, I found the article to be an unreliable reference for acurrent research.
Canning, C. (1991, March 3). What Teachers Say about Reflection.Educational Leadership, 5,
Canning (1991) presents a study that was conducted to students andteachers who had been engaging in reflective practice, in theUniversity of Northern Iowa. The purpose of the study is to determinethe experiences of the students and teachers from the reflectionpractice. The researcher and colleagues were also actively engaged inthe process. The researcher adopted an empirical approach andcollected information from the respondents using the interviewmethod. The findings of the study showed that each of theparticipants had unique perspectives of the reflective practice. Aswell, each participant had developed his own structure of reflectivepractice. However, there were comments that were common. Forinstance, several teachers said that the reflection practice led themto developed internal dialogue. From the findings, it was apparentthat the reflective practice is an intrapersonal practice thatenables individuals to develop unique insights about themselves andthe teaching practice. The researchers concluded that the experienceon the reflection practice is different in different contexts. As aresult, each teacher develops his own unique way of teaching. Onenotable limitation of the study is that the researchers conducted thestudy in only one university, and they used it to make a generalconclusion for all teaching contexts. The study could have beenstrengthened through carrying out similar researches in differentschools.
From the information in the article, I learned that I do not need tofollow a formal structure in the things that I do and that I shouldmodify the formal structure based on experience. Based on personalinsights, I should develop an internal dialogue that will enable meto come up with a structure that will fit a particular context. Assuch, the information in the article is very relevant in life.However, the article is older than two decades. Since circumstanceshave changed, more current study may not derive similar findings.Therefore, the information in the article is not a reliable referencefor a current research.