Category Archives: critical reflection

Review: The Routledge Doctoral Student’s Companion

My physical copy of The Routledge Doctoral Student’s Companion (Thompson & Walker, 2010) arrived in my mailbox on Monday. I’d seen selected chapters before but now having the work in my hands reminds me of how nice reading a physical book can be … Continue reading

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Critical reflection follow-up post 7

Thanks for your informed and insightful development of identity through the lens of Bakhtin. And adding Lacan’s distinction was an inspired! When you wonder about “what if any difference there is between being reflective and self-aware”, I feel that you … Continue reading

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Critical reflection follow-up post 6

I believe that you are right: the focus should be on the ‘critical’, not the reflective. But do we need to have a weekly learning log, a reflective essay every module and a masterclass dedicated to reflective thinking? When I … Continue reading

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Critical reflection follow-up post 5

Thanks for your discussion on student feedback questionnaires. I found that a very thought-provoking piece. Your useful summary of the issues in student feedback questionnaires (SFQ) neatly ties an important thread into this discussion. Brookfield noted that “there is no … Continue reading

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Critical reflection follow-up post 4

Let me frame this matter more concretely. The literature on quality assurance in HE describe a number of areas that are amenable to quality assessment for the purposes of quality assurance and accountability. Ellis (1993) lists 20 areas in his … Continue reading

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Critical reflection follow-up post 3

Internalising Inadequacy Thanks for sharing your experience of feeling like an imposter. From your description, I can see clearly why you feel so. Your situation opens up many avenues for critical reflection, not least one that investigates the meaning of … Continue reading

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Critical reflection follow-up post 2

You ask a great question that hits right at the heart of the value of reflection. “If you can turn back time, would you approach the situation differently?” When Fook[JS1]  and Gardner (2007) talk of risk, they use examples from … Continue reading

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Critical reflection follow-up post 1

You ask; “You mention Hofstede (1986) related to your experience, and while I agree that to stereotype nations based on his concepts of power distance and collectivist versus individualistic cultures might not have been helpful in avoiding cultural suicide, perhaps … Continue reading

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