Introduction: Reflective and Reflexive Approaches in Higher Education : A Warrant for Lifelong Learning?

Ryan, Mary (2015) Introduction: Reflective and Reflexive Approaches in Higher Education : A Warrant for Lifelong Learning? In Ryan, Mary Elizabeth (Ed.) Teaching Reflective Learning in Higher Education : A Systematic Approach Using Pedagogic Patterns. Springer, pp. 3-14.

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In our complex and incongruous world, where variety produces more variety, and there is no blueprint for dealing with unprecedented change, it is imperative that individuals develop reflexive approaches to life and learning. Higher education has a role to play in guiding students to be self-analysts, with the ability to examine and mediate self and context for improved outcomes. This chapter elucidates the catchphrase of lifelong learning and its enactment in higher education. Theories of reflexivity and personal epistemology are utilised to provide the conceptual tools to understand the ways in which individuals manage competing influences and deliberate about action in their learning journey. The case is made for the integral role of higher education teachers in developing students’ capacities for reflective thinking and reflexive approaches to learning as a life project.

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ID Code: 81189
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Reflective learning in higher education, Reflexivity, Reflective Practice, Higher education, HERN
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-09271-3_1
ISBN: 9783319092706
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Curriculum
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Springer International Publishing Switzerland
Deposited On: 23 Jan 2015 00:23
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2016 14:52

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