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Foundations of Adult Education
Reflecting, to learn more
Chris W Gilmore
Vancouver Community College
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I have chosen the quote “reflecting on what we do ultimately leads to more informed and perhaps better practice” Merriam & Brockett (2007 P. 50) The Profession and Practice of Adult Education, because it speaks to me. All my life I have valued every experience, good or bad, and want to glean everything I can from them. So much more so for the bad ones as I really don’t wish to repeat those ones. I try to practice reflecting in a situation while it is happening but will always reflect on the situation after. Donald Schon elaborates on these two methods reflecting in and reflecting on in his book The Reflective Practitioner. How Professionals Think in Action.(1983). Boud, Keogh and Walker sum it up this way; “It seems that we all recognize the importance of these activities in our lives. We say that we need time to catch up with ourselves, to take stock,to make sense of what has happened, or to share other peoples’ ideas on an experience” Boud, Keogh and Walker,(2013 P. 8) Reflection: Turning Experience into Learning.
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We all reflect on our experiential learning, some more than others. The goal is to get everyone reflecting enough to produce knowledge that they can take away from the experience. The Adult Educator has to adapt their methods of teaching to emphasize the value of Reflective Practice so that the learner will want to include it in their learning method. I thought that I had a good understanding about reflecting, but after researching I find that there are many things about reflecting that I did not know about.
When I read the quote from page 50, my beliefs were being confirmed from my past experiences and that pleased me. Reading more about reflecting, as seen by others, also brings satisfaction in that I see there is more for me to learn and apply. Going forward I will need to use the reflective practice more than ever before. It won’t be look at what I know as an Instructor, but look at what we can learn together.
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The Adult Educator will have to participate in reflecting even while it is being taught to or experienced by the Learner. I can see where this would be a mentoring/learning experience for me as an Instructor. Because it is always evolving, the Adult Educator will have to ensure to include any advances in their own life long learning journey.
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Boud D, Keogh R and Walker D (1985) Reflection, Turning Experience into Learning, Routledge. ISBN 0-85038-864-3.
Merriam & Brockett (2007 P. 50) The Profession and Practice of Adult Education