Reflection-in-action

More quotes from Schön, D. related to reflective practice:

“What features do I notice when I recognize this thing? What are the criteria by which I make this judgement? What procedures am I enacting when I perform this skill? How am I framing the problem that I am trying to solve? (p.6)

“knowing-in-action, the characteristic mode of ordinary practical knowledge.” (p.6)

“A professional practitioner is a specialist who encounters certain types of situations again and again. As a practitioner experiences many variations of a small number of types of cases, he is able to ‘practise’ his practice. He develops a repertoire of expectations, images and techniques. He learns what to look for and how to respond to what he finds. As long as his practice is stable, in the sense that it brings him the same types of cases, he becomes less and less subject to surprise. …As a practice becomes more repetitive and routine, and as knowing-in-practice becomes increasingly tacit and spontaneous, the practitioner may miss important opportunities to think about what he is dong. He may find that he is drawn into patterns of error which he cannot correct. And if he learns, as often happens, to be selectively inattentive to phenomena that do not fit the categories of this knowing-in-action, then he may suffer from boredom …” (p.6) “…when this happens, the practitioner has ‘over-learned’ what he knows. A practitioner’s reflection can serve as a corrective to over-learning. Through reflection….” (p.7)

“Conscious of a dilemma, he may attribute it to the way in which he has set his problem, or even to the way in which he has framed his role. He may then find a way of integrating, or choosing among, the values at stake in the situation.” (p.7)

Ref:  Schön, D  (2002) Reflection-in-action in A Pollard (Ed.), Readings in Reflective Practice (pp.5-7) London: Continuum

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This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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