Importance Of Reflective Practice

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Reflective practice are methods and techniques that help individuals and groups reflect on their experiences and actions in order to engage in a process of continuous learning. By trying out methods of reflection and personal inquiry we can nurture greater self-awareness, imagination and creativity, as well as systemic, non-linear modes of thinking and analysis. Reflective Practice is a very adaptable process. It is a set of ideas that can be used alongside many other concepts for training, learning, personal development, and self-improvement. We can use Reflective Practice for our own development and/or to help others to develop. Especially in students, to develop their higher order thinking skills. Donald Schon’s book (1983) The Reflective…show more content…
Within any given moment, when faced with a professional issue, a practitioner usually connects with their feelings, emotions and prior experiences to attend to the situation directly. On the other hand, Reflection-on-action, is the idea that after the experience a practitioner analyses their reaction to the situation and explores the reasons around, and the consequences of, their actions. This is usually conducted through a documented reflection of the situation. However, this notion goes beyond just looking back on experiences and exploring the reasoning behind actions. Rather, it brings into action Schon's notions of "responding to problematic situations, problem framing, problem solving, and the priority of practical knowledge over abstract theory" according to Shapiro, Harvey…show more content…
Ganshirt's design cycle was preceded by Robert McKim's simpler design cycle (express, test, cycle), first published in (1972). The four steps in Ganshirt's design cycle are: thinking, expression, tools, perception. The design cycle is understood as a circular time structure, which may start with the thinking of an idea, then expressing it by the use of visual and/or verbal means of communication (design tools), the sharing and perceiving of the expressed idea, and starting a new cycle with the critical rethinking of the perceived idea. Architect Jane Anderson (2011) pointed out that this concept emphasizes the importance of design tools, which at the same time are the means of expression and the means of perception of a design idea. These means or design tools enable and structure visual and verbal design thinking. Thomas Wortmann argued that Ganshirt's design cycle and Schon's reflection-in-action are descriptive models that integrate designing as a spontaneous act and designing as an explicit process, but they do not explain in detail how spontaneity and methodical detail can be reconciled; Wortmann (2013) provided a more specific rule-based

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