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Reflecting on Reflection: to develop and extend our understanding of reflection

Date(s) Friday 16 January 2009
Venue University of Gloucestershire, Park campus, room TC007
Organised by ESCalate

Presenter: Chris Rigby BA (Hons),PGCE, MBA

Chris Rigby taught geography and coached sport for 20 years in the maintained and independent sectors both here in the UK and overseas (New Zealand). Having focussed his MBA dissertation on the role of reflection in leadership development in major organisations he has extended this research via consultancy and has developed frameworks to support the understanding and practice of critical reflection.
Drawing on this research he has presented seminars and facilitated CPD workshops with teachers and has just completed the first phase of a project to review and improve the process of CPD in a school in the north-west. He continues to teach at Middlesex University Business School at Masters level on MBA and MA HRM/HRD programmes. He is eager to share his knowledge and understanding and have these developed further by engaging with all groups involved in developing the professional practice of others.


The General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland (GTCNI) suggest that
'Reflective practice lies at the heart of teacher professionalism'. This is echoed by the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) who state in the Revised Standards for Classroom teachers (2007:Q7)
'Those recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status should be able to reflect on and improve their practice, and take responsibility for identifying and meeting their developing their professional needs'. The General Teaching Council for Scotland suggest 'You have to train yourself to be reflective'.

Aims of the Workshop

The workshop aims to give teacher educators involved in preparing student teachers for schools the opportunity to engage in debate about reflection with colleagues from across the Initial Teacher Education sector. The specific aims are to:
• Explore and challenge ourselves as professionals to develop our own practice so that we can support the professional development of student teachers
• Generate techniques that can be worked upon immediately to enhance Teacher Educators' own practice
• Capture the process and key ideas from colleagues in the workshop to share across the sector by means of the ESCalate website.

Who is it for?

The workshop is aimed at all colleagues in the UK who are involved in Initial
Teacher Education for schools and who have an interest in enhancing their own professional practice by discussing reflection with a view to enhancing their students' ability to reflect on their practice. Thus it is suggested that both New Teacher Educators and more experienced colleagues would welcome this opportunity and find the workshop a valuable forum for the exchange of ideas on reflective practice and critical reflection.
The workshop will use a framework suggested by Ward and McCotter (2004) as a vehicle to generate discussion. Other useful frameworks and references will be suggested in the workshop and it is hoped that colleagues will share their own ideas and experiences with other delegates.

Is reflection something that just comes naturally? Can anyone do it? Can it be taught? How can it be learnt?

What is the role of the teacher educator? How can we enhance
and encourage reflection amongst our student teachers?


Teacher educators will:
• Focus sharply on their own practice, particularly when encouraging reflection amongst their students
• Examine and evaluate a framework for reflection in detail
• Discuss and share other frameworks which they have found successful Be able to highlight different levels and types of reflection to student teachers to aid the development of their skills of reflective practice and ongoing professional development.

Important Note: Preparation Required

During Part 3 of the workshop participants will have an opportunity to apply the framework introduced to examples of their own students' work to evaluate how useful it may be and therefore are advised to bring 2-3 extracts or samples.

Booking deadline: Thursday 8th January 2009

Please book online for this event by following the links above for members or non-members as appropriate.

Payment must be made before registration can be confirmed - please indicate method of payment in the appropriate box when registering. Payments are accepted via:-

Credit Card:- please phone 01524 385459 to give details (NB we are unfortunately unable to accept American Express cards)

Purchase Order Number:- please obtain a number from your finance department / administrator and type the Purchase Order Number in the relevant box on the online registration form so your institution can be invoiced

Cheque:- made payable to University of Cumbria, please post to Sue Scowcroft, ESCalate ITE Administrator, CDLT, University of Cumbria, Bowerham Road, Lancaster, LA1 3JD giving the name/s of the people the payment covers

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