Sunday, April 19, 2009

Critical Thinking and Transformative Learning

Critical reflections and peer feedback are not easy to write. However, it may be worthwhile to encourage learners to try them out and see how it feels. I agree with Pamela; "If learners were more used to using it, though, what a valuable change that would be!" Critical reflection may be hard, but worth the effort (Hughes, 2008). Hughes (2008) conducted a doctoral study on the use of reflection in research. According to Hughes (2008), “Reflection is a deep personal activity that enables us to see familiar ideas through different lenses, reassess our existing knowledge and make sense of particular experiences” (Hughes, 2008, p. 214). Critical reflection provides learners with the opportunity to combine cognitive and affective domains (Hughes, 2008). Hughes (2008) suggested that reflection facilitates learning and the research process for the researcher and participant. I highly recommend using it for evaluating informal and formal learning.

Hughes, Hilary E. (2008). Incidents for reflection in research. In 5th International Lifelong Learning Conference, 16-19 June 2008, Yeppoon, Queensland. Retrieved April 12, 2009, from

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