Journal Entry #4

“[L]earning from one’s experience involves not just reflection, but critical reflection.”

We reflect constantly on what takes place around us.  Reflecting in order to learn from our experiences must be done at a deeper level.  According to Stephen Brookfield, who’s work has contributed to this chapter, there are three phases required to get this deeper form of reflection: 1) identify assumptions, 2) assess the accuracy of those assumptions, and 3) repair the assumptions.

This quote suggests that  learners, especially ones tending towards self-motivated learning, need tools for more critical self-assessment.

This quote demonstrates the rational and the need for self-evaluation as a tool in learning.  A student who regularly has to grade themselves based on probing self evaluation will not only learn from the course work, but will learn through the assessment and carry the skills needed to critically reflect on future learning.

I intend to make use of this in coaching apprentices.  As there are no marks that a journeyman can issue to their apprentice, reflecting on the end product and the path that lead to it is a useful thing.  Getting the apprentice to probe to these deeper question will take some additional time and effort, but will aid them in the future, especially as we expect continuous growth from them.

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