The Reflective Practitioner: Undergraduate Independent Study Modules in Education Studies.

Grant type: Development (2000-08)
Round: October 2005
Amount awarded £4,875.00
Completed: November 2007
Leader(s): Jean Williams
Organisation: De Montfort University
Contact Email: jwilliam@dmu.ac.uk
Contact phone: 0116 250 6304
Address: Clephan Building The Newarke, Leicester LE1 9BH
Start Date: 3 October 2005
End Date: 29 June 2007
Interim report received: 5 August 2008
Final report received: 5 August 2008

The Project/ Placement module has been running successfully since 1998 and offers Humanities students the opportunity to carry out an applied independent study through a placement in an educational setting. The students identify and prepare resources for a class in a school, playgroup, performing arts group, dance class or for an individual learner. The finished project includes an assessed reflective journal of the learning and teaching process. The proposal is to follow the 2005/6 cohort for one academic year commencing September 2005 and ending June 2006 to evaluate the use of the reflective journal.As part of the project students will be asked to take part in a variety of reflective activities (including writing journals, portfolio preparation, presentations, discussion groups online, feedback, self-evaluation) and asked to comment on the methodology and pedagogy used in delivering the module. Students will be asked to comment on the following themes:‘Reflection is a process of reviewing an experience of practice in order to describe, analyse and evaluate and so inform learning from practice’ Brigid Reid (1993).The major question is whether reflection actually improves practice.