Using an arts-based approach to develop critical reflection in initial teaching trainees

Power, Eleanor and Waring-Thomas, Paul (2019) Using an arts-based approach to develop critical reflection in initial teaching trainees. Teacher Education Advancement Network Journal, 11 (1). pp. 57-70.

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Abstract

This paper outlines a small-scale Case Study, which took place in England, involving six School Direct Primary teacher trainees acting as participants. Important assessment points, evidencing progress against the Teachers' Standards, are ‘Units of Learning’. These contain sequences of lessons, planned and evaluated by the trainees, assessing impact on both pupils’ progress and their own professional development. The final element of each Unit is a critical reflection and it was felt this needed support. At the start of the project, the reflective elements of the Units of Learning were analysed and, using an online forum, participants shared their understanding of the term ‘critical reflection’. Responding to this, a teaching session, using both flipped learning techniques (Flipped Learning Network: 2014) and Loads’ ‘Cut up and Collage’ (2010) approach was designed to support their developing understanding: an approach that could also be applied in different context. It was hoped improved reflection about practice would lead to change and identifiable progress from ‘novice’ to ‘competence’. Subsequent Units of Learning were analysed following the intervention and participants’ opinions canvassed to assess how their reflections had developed. Findings revealed some improvement in critical thinking, with participants becoming more reflective about their personal and professional identities as teachers.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Teacher Education Advancement Network Journal
Publisher: Teacher Education Advancement Network (TEAN)
ISSN: 2054-5266
Departments: Non-Initial Teacher Education (Non-ITE)
Additional Information: Eleanor Power and Paul Waring-Thomas, Nottingham Trent University, UK.
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2019 11:54
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2019 11:54
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/4648

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