Teaching reflection for service-learning
Bursaw, Jimi, Kimber, Megan, Mercer, Louise, & Carrington, Suzanne (2015) Teaching reflection for service-learning. In Ryan, Mary E. (Ed.) Teaching Reflective Learning in Higher Education. Springer, Chum, Switzerland, pp. 153-169.
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In this chapter, we discuss an approach for teaching pre-service teachers how to critically reflect on their experiences in a Service-learning program in an advanced subject about inclusive education. The approach was informed by critical social theory, with the expectation that students would engage in transformational learning. By explicitly teaching the students to engage in critical reflective thinking (Fishbowl discussions) and examine the depth of their critical reflection against a heuristic (the 4Rs reflection framework), the final-year Bachelor of Education students were able to gain a deeper understanding of the subject and experience transformational learning. We provide contextual information about the Service-learning program and discuss critical social theory for transformational learning, as well as how the teaching team taught critical reflection. Based on the evidence gathered from the students, we consider lessons learned by the teaching team and provide recommendations for teaching reflection in Service-learning programs.
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