The Confucius A Chinese Philosopher Essay

1948 Words Oct 30th, 2016 8 Pages
I would like to start my essay by sharing the Confucius a Chinese philosopher’s saying:

By three methods we may learn wisdom: first, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC) Chinese Philosopher

What is Reflective Practice?

Reflective Practice is an ancient concept. Over 2,500 years ago the ancient Greeks practised 'reflection ' as a form of contemplation in search of truth, and this ancient meaning of reflection features in several modern definitions. There are references also to the power of reflective learning in the writings attributed to ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius, around 460BC.
Firstly, the term “reflective practice” was introduced by Donald Schon in 1987. According to him, reflective practice involves thoughtfully considering your own experiences as you make the connection between knowledge and practice, under the guidance of an experienced professional within your discipline (Schon, 1996). A reflective practice model would enable learners and novices within a discipline to compare their own practices with those of experienced practitioners, thus leading to development and improvement.

Let’s look at other people’s definition for “reflective practice”
For example; Moon (1999) defines reflective practice as "a set of abilities and skills in order to indicate the taking of a critical stance, an orientation to problem solving or state of mind."…

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