How can I develop my identity as a teacher? How does engaging in research benefit my own teaching practice? Becoming a successful teacher in secondary education requires a strong understanding of a wide range of professional teaching issues, including practical concerns such as curriculum development and learning through observation in the classroom, alongside key conceptual aspects such as critical reflection and understanding the nature of learning. This book addresses these issues alongside a range of additional important contemporary topics in secondary education. Highlighting the importance for student teachers to enhance their development by engaging with research, Professional Issues in Secondary Teaching is designed to support professional studies modules on secondary initial teacher education including postgraduate and employment-based routes into teaching, and early career teachers seeking to enhance their practice. Carrie Mercier is Senior Lecturer at the University of Cumbria. Carey Philpott is currently an Associate Dean in the School of Education, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Strathclyde. Helen Scott is the Deputy Dean for Student Experience in the School of Education at the University of Northampton.

Why is Critical Reflection Important?

Why is critical reflection important?
Jon TibkeLindsay Poyner

By the end of this chapter you should be able to:

  • understand the concept of learning from reflection as a professional activity;
  • examine key theories and models that underpin reflective practice;
  • explore how you might respond to a variety of situations upon which you reflect;
  • consider evidence from recent trainee teachers of their perceptions and experience of reflective practice.

By studying this chapter, we hope that you will start to appreciate the benefit of learning to reflect in a purposeful and effective manner. Reflection does not simply happen through participating in teaching practice and writing assignments. Critical reflection, linked to sustained development during your initial practice and beyond, requires you to think more deeply about your ...

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