Theorising a model for teaching and assessing reflective learning in higher education

Ryan, Mary E. & Ryan, Michael (2012) Theorising a model for teaching and assessing reflective learning in higher education. Higher Education Research and Development.

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The importance of reflection in higher education, and across disciplinary fields is widely recognised; it is generally included in university graduate attributes, professional standards and program objectives. Furthermore, reflection is commonly embedded into assessment requirements in higher education subjects, often without necessary scaffolding or clear expectations for students. Despite the rhetoric around the importance of reflection for ongoing learning, there is scant literature on any systematic, developmental approach to teaching reflective learning across higher education programs/courses. Given that professional or academic reflection is not intuitive, and requires specific pedagogic intervention to do well, a program/course-wide approach is essential. This paper draws on current literature to theorise a new, transferable and customisable model for teaching and assessing reflective learning across higher education, which foregrounds and explains the pedagogic field of higher education as a multi-dimensional space. We argue that explicit and strategic pedagogic intervention, supported by dynamic resources, is necessary for successful, broad-scale approaches to reflection in higher education.

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ID Code: 45667
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Reflective practice, Teaching practice, Reflective learning, HERN
DOI: 10.1080/07294360.2012.661704
ISSN: 0729-4360
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: This is an electronic version of an article published in [Higher Education Research and Development, (2013)]. [Higher Education Research and Development] is available online at informaworld
Deposited On: 01 Sep 2011 23:24
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 16:46

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