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Reflective Practice in Small Groups and Teams
Reflective Practice in Small Groups and Teams

Reflective practice is vital for the swamp. It enables people to be present and it helps them and their organizations make meaning from what are generally complex, multidimensional experiences.

—Ellen Schall, Learning to Love the Swamp: Reshaping Education for Public Service, 1995

The opening quote derives its context from Donald Schön’s metaphor, contrasting “the swamp” and “the high hard ground” of practice (Schön, 1983). The swamp, as described earlier in the book connotes the ambiguity, uncertainty, complexity, and oftentimes conflicting values that define the daily teaching context. “Swamp knowledge,” ...

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