Reflective Practice in Early Years Education
Sheryl Third, Fanshawe College
Copyright Year: 2022
Publisher: Fanshawe College Pressboks
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Self-reflection can lead to the development and improvement of professional skills. This textbook examines the role of reflective practice in the education field. The text begins by defining reflective practice and identifying the benefits the... read more
Self-reflection can lead to the development and improvement of professional skills. This textbook examines the role of reflective practice in the education field. The text begins by defining reflective practice and identifying the benefits the practice can bring to your professional competence. The different theories and reflective models are examined in the text. A range of methods by which you can incorporate reflection, whether it is in writing, with a professional group, or in social media formats, are also explored. There is a self-reflection assignment at the end of each chapter. This enables the student to reflect on their newly acquired knowledge in real-time.
No errors were found.
I found the written content to be relevant. Each chapter contains linked video and article resources. Those resources help to explain the topic and broaden the student's understanding. They are currently engaging and relevant. There is a concern that the resources could get outdated if not monitored by the publisher.
The text is an easy read and holds the reader's attention. Each chapter is broken into three parts: objective, lesson(s), and reflective practice. The first section identifies the learning objective. In the second section, you will find the lesson or lessons. Every lesson has a video link or "Dig Deeper"(or both) component that enables students to deepen their understanding of the lesson. The chapter concludes with a reflective practice activity.
The format is consistent.
Each chapter provides ample information but is also concise and to the point. There is no extra fluff.
The organization is easy to follow.
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Self-reflection can be beneficial to your professional growth. It is often a skill taught indirectly without much explanation as to why. There is often very little formal training or practice. This text can help bridge that gap between the concept of self-reflection and practicing the skills.
Set up in ten interactive modules, this textbook provides both theory and practice in becoming a reflective educator. Each chapter contains a brief reading passage followed by a discussion question that could serve as a springboard for class... read more
Set up in ten interactive modules, this textbook provides both theory and practice in becoming a reflective educator. Each chapter contains a brief reading passage followed by a discussion question that could serve as a springboard for class discussion or an individual writing assignment.
The text appears to be accurate, error-free, and unbiased.
Becoming a reflective teacher is a key dispositional skill for beginning teachers.
The text is easy to navigate and set up in a way that the reader can choose certain chapters or the entire text.
The organization of each chapter is consistent and user-friendly.
The organization of this text allows instructors to pick and choose relevant topics for their course. Set up in modules, this text could easily be adapted into an online, set-paced course.
The text is set up in an organized fashion with a logical progression of topics and content.
I did not notice any technical errors or issues.
I noticed one minor grammatical error where a period was missing at the end of a sentence.
The author worked to include culturally sensitive examples. This is an area that can always be a work in progress.
Table of Contents
- Land Acknowledgements
- Chapter 1: Introduction to Reflective Practice
- Chapter 2: Reflective Practice
- Chapter 3: Models and Theories of Practice
- Chapter 4: Am I a reflective practitioner?
- Chapter 5: Writing for reflection
- Chapter 6 - Everyday Reflection
- Chapter 7: Reclaiming Reflective Practice
- Chapter 8: The disposition, values, principles, and ethics of a reflective practitioner
- Chapter 9: Communities of Practice and the Reflective Process
- Chapter 10: Professional Practice and the Critical Reflective Process
- Versioning History
About the Book
This resource will provide a context that will allow the reader to consider their obligation to reflect from their own perspective and will explore how to create a practice that best suits their professional setting. This book will bring together in one place the history, the values, the skills and disposition required to be a reflective practitioner. It is a textbook with elements of a workbook, embedded are opportunities to watch, to think, to write, and to listen allowing the reader to become a purposeful and intentional reflective practitioner.
About the Contributors
Sheryl Third, Fanshawe College