I didn’t want to let the seminar yesterday go by without a blog.

I’d like to say thank you to our three presenters – Lynn Fendler, Caroline Ramsey and Chris Kubiak – for leading the workshop. I’d also like to thank the colleagues who were able to attend on the day for their fantastic input.

I’m going to email the presenters to say thank you. I’m also going to email all those who attended to ask them to place just a short contribution on this blog about what they got out of the session.

It’s not fair to ask other people to do something without doing it myself so these are my two points:

The first is the idea that reflection may best be seen as ‘mindful attentiveness’ in which we pay attention not just to our own inner dialogues about our thoughts and experiences but also take heed of the social situations we are part of.

The other is to encourage ourselves and our students to admit that we make judgments about the evidence we gather rather than to claim that we analyse it. Here the difference is that in making judgments we locate our own role in what counts as evidence or as knowledge (or as reflection) – whereas with analysis we claim to be outside the data and thus in a position to rationally analyse it.

I hope that other people who attended yesterday will be able to spend a few moments reflecting in the session and to share their thoughts here.

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One Response to Seminar: Connecting reflective theory, research and practice, 2 December 2010

  1. John says:

    From Caroline Ramsey, Centre for Human Resources and Change Management:

    I really valued the workshop last week. In particular I found it so helpful to construct my ‘talk’ in conversation. I found myself being pulled into thinking and saying things that surprised and intrigued me by the questions and ideas of the three different groups. Like Jonathan, I found the term attentive mindfulness very helpful in explaining what I’m trying to do with my own ‘reflective’ practice, but I come back to the experience of an increased richness to my thinking when done in conversation. I’m grateful. Thanks to those who turned up in lousy travelling weather and who contributed so much to me.

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