‘Continuing Personal and Professional Development’ Essay

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‘Continuing Personal and Professional Development’

By Stefan Goodheir

Tutor: Audrey Morrison

Course: Diploma in Teaching in the Life Long Learning Sector.

Unit: 005 Continuing Personal and Professional Development

Date: 26/11/09

Word count: 2500

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He studied several groups of professionals and how they respond to problems at work and how best they learn and progress in their chosen fields. His paper ‘Educating the Reflective Practitioner’ (Schon 1987) is his most important work in this area. He had worked with a colleague ‘Raymond Hainer’ on his earlier book, ‘Beyond the Stable State’ (Schon 1968). His central argument was that ‘change was a fundamental feature of modern life and that it is necessary to develop social systems that could learn and adapt’. This informed his late ideas on Reflective Practice. Schon describes two types of Reflection ‘In action’, that is to say immediate, and ‘On action’, or after the event. On Action should help you develop a set of questions to ask when faced with In Action events.

Knowles (1989) argues for Reflection as an empowering activity, creating autonomous independent learners. This appeals to my free thinking aspirations. Earlier practitioners like Dewey (1933) believed in a more linear model of enactment. Dewey studied early philosophers and teachers like Plato and Aristotle. He saw Reflection as a more traditional, logical, problem solving activity. This appeals to the logical side of my nature.

David Tripp (1993) Espouses the virtues of his theories on Critical Incident Analysis. This is not, as one might imagine, about dramatic life changing events, just difficult situations that we might find ourselves in,

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