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Seminar: Exploring the Relationship between Reflective Practice and Research/ers

‘Exploring the Relationship between Reflective Practice and Research/ers’

Professor Thomas S.C. Farrell, Brock University

 Tuesday, 23rd August, 2022, 14.00 – 15.30

Millstream Common Room: MC0010

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Abstract: Reflective practice is popular in many professions including Education with most educators agreeing that some form of reflection is desirable. However, there is still no agreement on what reflective practice is or what its real benefits are. Within the field of teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) reflective practice has reached a status of orthodoxy but as in the field of general Education questions have been raised about what it is and how it benefits teachers, it is time to revisit this important concept to see if it lives up to its new status. The truth is that we do not know really what and/or what kind of research has been conducted in the recent past on reflective practice in TESOL. This talk reviews research conducted over a 10-year period (2010-2020) on the practices that encourage TESOL teachers to reflect through Farrell’s (2015) five stage reflective practice framework. In addition, I outline the main differences between Dewey, Schön’s and Farrell’s holistic approach to reflective practice.